HC Deb 23 November 1977 vol 939 c774W
Mr. skeet

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what is his estimate of the demand for aggregates for road building and maintenance for each year to 1980; and if he will compare these figures with those for 1973.

Mr. William Rodgers

For road building and maintenance, demand for aggregates will move broadly in line with expenditure, suggesting a fall until 1978 and then a recovery by 1980 to about the 1977 level, which is about one-quarter lower than in 1973. Available statistics do not separate aggregates for roads from other construction demand.

Mr. Skeet

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will give his estimate of the additional cost of road maintenance likely to be incurred if proper annual maintenance is not provided and roads are allowed seriously to deteriorate.

Mr. William Rodgers

No figures could be produced for the cost of the consequences of such a possibility.