§ Mr. Dodds-Parker
asked the Minister of Transport what are the specific reductions in the authorised expenditure of Gloucestershire highway authorities during 1968–69 and 1969–70 compared with 1967–68; how much of this reduction will come from central Government funds; and how much from local funds.
§ Mr. Carmichael
The position on the larger schemes is as explained in the reply given to the hon. Member for Chigwell (Mr. Biggs-Davison) on 17th January. There will be some specific deferments of smaller schemes, but final decisions have not yet been made about which schemes will be involved. The resultant effect on the expenditure of individual authorities cannot therefore be stated at present.
As to the proportions of central and local funds a 75 per cent. Exchequer grant is normally payable on principal road schemes.—[Vol. 756, c. 558.]