§ Mr. Hill
[holding answer 26 February 2001]: I have asked the Chief Executive of the Highways Agency, Mr. Tim Matthews, to write to the hon. Member.
Letter from John Kerman to Mr. Norman Baker, dated 27 February 2001:
The Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions has asked the Highways Agency's Chief Executive, Tim Matthews, to reply to your question about the amount of public money which was spent on work relating to (a) possible improvements to the A27 Lewes to Polegate and (b) the A27 Polegate bypass between 1 January 1989 and 30 April 1997. Mr. Matthews is currently on leave and I am replying on his behalf.
I am afraid that the financial records kept before the Agency was established in April 1994 do not allow us to disaggregate expenditure on these two schemes. The amount spent on work on them from 1 April 1994 to 30 April 1997 is:
- (a) the possible improvements to the A27 Lewes to Polegate—£935,545
- (b) the A27 Polegate bypass—£1,445,572.