§ Mr. Robert Banks
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he provides any guidelines to highway authorities responsible for major city routes such as Whitehall on hours of night working, penalties for overrun and ways of minimising disruption.
§ Mr. Atkins
The programming of highway works on local roads and form of contract employed are matters for the local highway authority concerned. Last autumn the local authority associations sent a report to their members, commending the use of lane rental contracts as a financial incentive to contractors to shorten the period of occupation of the road during works on busy traffic routes.