HC Deb 29 July 1997 vol 299 c216W
Mr. Bercow

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how much the Government spent on roads in each year since 1979 at current prices. [11243]

Ms Glenda Jackson

Road expenditure information is published annually in the "Transport Report". Summary information for years prior to 1985–86 was published in the Government's expenditure plans.

The expenditure figures requested are as follows:

align="right">£ million 1996–97 prices
Year Grants paid to private sector TOCs Grants paid to TOCs owned by British Rail Total grants paid by Franchising director
1994–95 1,883 1,883
1995–96 20 1,696 1,716
1996–97 552 1,257 1,809


Figures for 1980–81 to 1986–85 are derived from figures published in "The Government's Expenditure Plans 1986–87 to 1988–89". Figures for 1985–86 to 1993–94 are derived from figures published in British Rail's annual reports and accounts. Figures for 1994–95 to 1996–97 are derived from figures published in the "Transport Report 1997", with extra detail provided by the Office of Passenger Rail Franchising.