HC Deb 23 March 1979 vol 964 cc293-4W
Mr. Scott

asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether he is satisfied that adequate supplies of salt are available in the different regions of the United Kingdom in the event of a further spell of freezing weather.

Mr. William Rodgers

No. The unusually severe weather in January and February depleted the stocks of salt held by highway authorities and created exceptional demands on the suppliers. Two major gaps remain in the improved route from the West Midlands to the Haven ports. Costs vary, but completing that route might save between £5 and £10 on a typical return trip from the Midlands to Felixstowe.