HC Deb 09 November 1987 vol 122 cc73-4W
23. Mr. Colin Shepherd

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the level of local authority expenditure on road maintenance.

Mr. Peter Bottomley

In 1986–87 we increased provision for local road maintenance by 15 per cent. and in 1987–88 by 13 per cent., but local authorities budgeted to spend £148 million less than planned in 1987–88. The spending plans for 1988–89, as announced by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer last Tuesday, includes £1,264 million for local highway maintenance, the same as for 1987–88. This will enable local authorities to increase their spending on roads maintenance by 13 per cent.

33. Mr. Jack

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what has been the trend in expenditure on the capital maintenance of national roads since 1978–79.

Mr. Peter Bottomley

Expenditure has increased from £46 million in 1978–79 to £220 million in 1986–87, an increase of nearly two and a half time in real terms. As well as keeping pace with current deterioration, we are catching up on the backlog of renewal work arising from earlier years.

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