HC Deb 11 November 1997 vol 300 c480W
Mr. Chope

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what support he is giving to local authorities to develop road schemes using private sector finance. [14774]

Ms Glenda Jackson

[holding answer 7 November 1997]: My Department has taken a number of measures to facilitate local authority PFI projects, including highway and other transport schemes. These include the introduction of a Bill to clarify local authorities powers to enter into PFI contracts, consultation on a draft instrument to permit local authorities to delegate a range of highway functions and the release of model contract documents developed for Highways Agency roads.