§ Mr. Alton
asked the Secretary of State for Transport why transport supplementary grant approval was given for the construction of the Sea Circle sculpture in Seymour 482W street, Liverpool, by his Department; if he will list other similar projects which his Department has sanctioned; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mrs. Chalker
Transport supplementary grant—TSG—approval was not given by my Department for the construction of this sculpture, nor for any similar projects. TSG is a block grant to county councils and the GLC, and they decide precisely how it is to be spent. However, Parliament approved changes in the TSG system last November which concentrate the grant on capital expenditure on highways and traffic management. As in previous years, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport names road schemes for which he is making grant available, and takes account of their progress in each following settlement.