§ Mr. Hendry
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is the statutory consulation procedure between local authorities regarding the closure for repairs of principal highways connecting them.
§ Mr. Kenneth Carlisle
Under section 59 of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991, highway authorities are required to use their best endeavours to co-ordinate the 341W execution of works of all kinds, including their own repair works, in roads for which they are responsible. The duty includes co-ordination with other highway authorities where works have an effect beyond the local authority boundary. There is no set procedure for co-ordination but advice is given in the code of practice on co-ordination which the Secretary of State has approved under the Act.