HC Deb 13 March 1978 vol 946 cc97-9W
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish a table, indicating the level of expenditure for each region in Scotland for each year, from the reorganisation of local government to date, on regional non-trunk roads, the precise total of rate support grant to each region for each year from the reorganisation of local government to date, and the precise total of the roads element of the rate support grant to each region from the reorganisation of local government to date.

Mr. Millan

Trunk roads are national routes which are the responsibility of the Secretary of State and not of the regional or islands councils. The total rate support grant payable to each regional or islands council in Scotland for the years 1975–76 to 1977–78 is shown in the table below. Rate support grant is paid in aid of local authority revenues generally and not in respect of specific services. There is no roads element of rate support grant.

£ thousand
New construction and improvement Maintenance Total
1967–68 15,096 3,383 18,479
1968–69 17,822 2,548 20,370
1969–70 22,178 2,580 24,758
1970–71 22,489 4,355 26,844
1971–72 21,252 4,132 25,384
1972–73 21,909 4,921 26,830
1973–74 18,558 6,772 25,330
1974–75 31,063 5,621 36,684
1975–76 42,702 7,980 50,682
1976–77 43,850 10,617 54,467
1977–78* 53,358 11,476 64,834
* Up to 9th March 1978.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland which trunk roads and motorways are in process of being completed in Scotland in the current year and in forthcoming years; and what is the estimated cost of their completion in each case.

Mr. McElhone

Trunk road and motorway schemes currently under construction and costing over £500,000 which will be completed in 1978 and following years are as shown in the following table:

£ million
Estimated completions in 1978
A9 Luncarty-Birnam 5.00
A9 Perth Western Bypass (earthworks) 0.71
A9 Granish-Avielochan 0.60
A9 Dalmagarry-Bogbain 6.88
A9 Tore-Duncanston 1.84
A9 Cromarty Bridge 5.95
A75 Newton Stewart Bypass 1.53
A76 Newbridge Diversion 0.70
A85 West of Cruachan I (earthworks) 0.78
M85 Friarton Bridge 9.30
M90 Craigend-Broxden 3.35

Likely year of commencement Estimated cost £m.
1978–79 M9 Longdyke-Pirnhall 6.00
A9 Kessock Bridge 19.00
A9 Perth Western Bypass 2.42
A75 Shennanton Bridge 0.79
A91 Cuthilmuir-Burnside 0.80
A92 Thornton Bypass 9.00
A92 Bourtreebush to Aberdeen City Boundary 3.82
A96 Auchmill Road, Bucksburn Phase II 0.80
A96 Elgin Relief Road 2.26
A952 Auchenten-Standingstones 0.55
1979–80 M74 Wellburn-Poniel Bridge 8.87
A9 Pitlochry Bypass I 10.04
A9 Tore-Charlestown 4.48
A9 Evanton Bypass 2.06
A9 Blackford Bypass 2.30
A77 Bridgemill Improvement 1.23
A82 Eas-Eonan Bridge 0.57
A82 Carnoch-Craigrannoch Stage I 0.82
A830 Kinloid-Kinsadel 1.50
A835 Silverbridge-Gorston 0.98