HC Deb 13 March 1968 vol 760 cc318-9W
Mr. Dodds-Parker

asked the Minister of Transport what machinery will be used to achieve the £75 million reduction in the expenditure by local highway authorities during 1968–69 and 1969–70; and what proportion of this amount will be allocated to England, Scotland and Wales, respectively, and to each county therein.

Mr. Carmichael

The reduction in expenditure required of local highway authorities in England is £30 million in 1968–69 and £33 million in 1969–70.

In order to achieve these savings, the authorities have been told that they are expected to reduce by at least 15 per cent. in each of the two years their planned expenditure on services not attracting specific grant.

I understand that similar requests have been sent to authorities in Scotland and Wales by the appropriate Departments.