§ Mr. Stunell
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will include within his Department's estimates for the next financial year the re-introduction of cutting of verges on trunk roads within built-up areas. 
§ Ms Glenda Jackson
In 1997–98, verge cutting was reduced in cases where safety was not compromised. The Department will be considering carefully detailed expenditure plans for 1998–99 and a decision will be announced in due course.