§ Mr. David Young
asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether, in assessing the need for motorway and trunk road provision and repair, his Department has available estimates of the contribution full use of each motorway makes to the level of economic activity.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
Yes. This contribution is reflected primarily in the traffic using or expected to use156W the road, and full account of the expected economic benefits is taken in assessing the priority of new schemes and their standards. We also now take special account of the risk and likely costs of traffic disruption during future maintenance.