§ Mr. Marlow
asked the Minister of Transport what were the estimated costs in terms of fuel and other costs of the delay to traffic caused on Friday evenings during the repairs to the hard shoulder of the M1 in Northamptonshire this summer.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
I regret that the information is not available. Its production would have involved knowing the numbers and types of vehicles involved, the varying degrees of delay and their effects on fuel consumption during the periods of the works. Traffic counts and checks for this purpose would have been expensive and were not undertaken.