HC Deb 05 December 1988 vol 143 c2W
Mr. Prescott

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what was the level of both capital and current expenditure by(a) central Government and (b) local government on Britain's roads in each year since 1974–75.

Mr. Peter Bottomley

Expenditure figures for local roads spending prior to 1978–79 are not readily available in cash. In order to give (as nearly as practical) a consistent series of data, the following table gives expenditure for 1974–75 to 1979–80 on a price base of November 1978 (source Cmnd 7841), and expenditure for 1987–88 (source, Transport Statistics Great Britain) adjusted for the change in GDP since the third quarter of 1978–79.

roadworks) on local roads. Because traffic volumes are high, minor incidents can have a widespread knock-on effect.

Mr. Bowis

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact of the partial closure of Battersea bridge on the traffic flow in inner London.

Mr. Peter Bottomley

This is primarily a matter for the London borough of Wandsworth as the highway authority and for neighbouring authorities.