§ Mr. Fry
asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether, in view of the increased damage to vehicle suspensions due to deteriorating road maintenance standards and the increase in the number of claims made by road users against highway authorities arising from damage due to inadequate road surfaces, he proposes to give additional assistance to local authorities to take account of these factors.
§ Mr. William Rodgers
No. I have no proposals at present to give additional assistance to local authorities for the reasons stated by the hon. Member, but I am always ready to consider the balance of expenditure between improvement and maintenance in the light of circumstances.