HC Deb 18 July 1979 vol 970 c756W
Mr. Heddle

asked the Minister of Transport whether he has any plans to phase out road construction units and to hand their work over to county councils on an agency basis.

Mr. Fowler

I have decided to commission a study to examine the work of the road construction units. It will be carried out in consultation with Sir Derek Rayner and will consider whether the existing, largely in-house, arrangements are still appropriate or whether more economical and efficient arrangements can be made for the promotion, design, management and supervision of trunk road and motorway schemes.