§ Mr. Ron Lewis
asked the Minister of Transport if he will make grants to county borough local authorities with trunk roads running through their areas on the same scale as those made to county councils.
§ Mr. Tom Fraser
Trunk roads do not generally run through county boroughs. The few which do, are paid for entirely by my Department, as for those in counties.
Class I roads in county boroughs, including those that connect with trunk roads to form a continuous route, receive 75 per cent. grant on their construction and major improvement, as do those in counties, but I am not empowered to pay grant on their maintenance or minor improvement. I have, however, the whole system of classified road grants under 42W review, as part of the Government's current general review of local government finance.