§ 28. Sir Dudley Smith
asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether he expects English local authorities to underspend the road capital budget of £528 million contained in the last public expenditure White Paper.
§ Mrs. Chalker
Yes. Despite the higher capital allocations that have been given, I regret to say that returns so far suggest that the underspend could be higher than last year, when it was £74 million—16 per cent.