HC Deb 14 December 1966 vol 738 cc94-5W
Mr. Russell Johnston

asked the Minister of Transport (1) how much has been expended on research into snow clearance and icing on roads per year in the last five years;

(2) what research is being conducted, and where, into snow clearance from roads and icing on roads.

Mr. Swingler

The Department is carrying out a comprehensive programme of research into snow clearance from roads and icing on roads and development of snow clearing equipment. This is being conducted partly by the Road Research Laboratory at Crowthorne and partly, at various places, by the Winter Maintenance Equipment Development Committee, which includes representatives of local authorities.

The cost of this programme from 31st March, 1961, to date amounts in all to £27,250. It is impracticable to give the amounts spent in each of these years.