§ Mr. Walden
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of his policies in respect of reducing public expenditure and taxation levels on the timing of priority infrastructure projects, with particular reference to bypasses. 
§ Mr. Waldegrave
When deciding on its future spending plans in the annual public expenditure survey round, the Government consider their priorities for all areas of departmental expenditure. The implication of any options is under discussion for future levels of infrastructure funding, including the roads programme, is an important element of these deliberations.