HC Deb 19 October 1966 vol 734 cc49-50W
Sir R. Russell

asked the Minister of Transport what progress is being made in the lighting of motorways at night.

Mr. Swingler

Lighting is provided on urban motorways and others where there is a special need, but we do not propose to light the main bulk of rural motorways.

Mr. John Lee

asked the Minister of Transport how many contract prices for motorway construction so far have exceeded their original figures and by what percentages; and what were the contractors' respective profits before taxation in each case.

Mr. Swingler

On 29 of the 41 motorway contracts settled so far the final contract price has exceeded the tender sum by amounts varying from 1 per cent. to 61 per cent. Such variations are a measure of extra work done or unforeseen difficulties encountered and are implicit in the "measure and value" type of contract. They are no indication of the profitability, or otherwise, of the contracts, on which I have no information.