HC Deb 26 March 1979 vol 965 cc55-6W
Mr. Russell Johnston

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what extra payments will be made to regional authorities in Scotland to assist them with road repair and maintenance following the severe winter.

Mr. Henderson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what additional funds he intends to make available to local authorities to assist them in meeting additional maintenance costs on roads incurred as a result of the severe weather during the winter.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will consider increasing Government grants for road maintenance in Scotland, in view of damage caused by the recent severe weather.

Mr. Gregor MacKenzie

As was the case last year, my right hon. Friend intends that special grant assistance will be made available to Scottish authorities on the same basis as in England and Wales. The grant will be at the rate of 75 per cent. on excess expenditure over a reasonable threshold and guidance to local authorities on how to claim will be issued very shortly.

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