§ 34. Mr. Baldry
asked the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent on road construction last year; how this compares in real terms with spending in 1978–79; and how much it is anticipated will be spent on road construction this year.
§ Mrs. Chalker
Expenditure on national road construction last year was £569 million, which represents a 21 per cent. increase in real terms over 1978–79. Expenditure on local road construction was £479 million, a 24 per cent. increase, in real terms, over 1978–79. We are planning to spend some £598 million on national road construction and £502 million on local road construction this year.