HC Deb 24 March 1983 vol 39 cc466-7W
Mr. Michael Brown

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what was the percentage change in real terms in capital spending on trunk roads and motorways in England since 1978–79.

Mr. David Howell

There has been an impressive increase on the previous Administration's performance in 1978–79. At constant prices capital spending is expected to be more than 17 per cent. higher in 1982–83 than it was in 1978–79. The following table gives the details for each year since 1978–79.

Capital Expenditure on English Trunk Roads and Motorways since 1978–79
Trunk Roads and Motorways
1978–79 528
1979–80 519
Percentage (-1.8)
1980–81 479
Percentage (-9.4)
1981–82 557
Percentage (+5.5)
1982–83* 650
Percentage (+23)
* Forecast

Note: Percentages show changes since 1978–79 in each case.

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