HC Deb 05 March 1982 vol 19 c261W
Mr. Roy Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will reconcile the figures presented in the Supply Estimates 1981–82 for programme 6.1, sub-heads A1-A4, with the estimated figures of £518 million for new construction and improvement and £160 million for maintenance as given in the Official Report, 1 February, columns 46–48.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

The differences are caused by the transfer of £21 million from subhead A1 to subhead A4, within the roads cash block which is managed as a whole, to enable urgent maintenance work to be carried out, particularly on motorway reconstruction. The transfer was made after the Supply Estimates had been published.

Mr. Parris

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish figures on the same basis as the table published in the Official Report, 30 March 1981, columns 41–42, showing the comparison between planned road spending and the outturn for two projected years in each expenditure White Paper 1976–77 to 1979–80.

Mr. David Howell

I shall write to my hon. Friend.