§ Mr. Greg Knight
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what advice his Department issues to the Highways Agency with regard to the(a) phasing of roadworks and (b) timing of verge grass cutting. 
§ Mr. Spellar
In line with Road User's Charter targets, the Highways Agency is tasked with ensuring that a minimum of 90 per cent. of works carried out during a year are no more than 2.5 miles long and are at least six miles apart.
The guidelines for verge grass cutting are set out in the Agency's Trunk Road Maintenance Manual. This sets out minimum standards. Higher standards may be used at particular locations for, for example, safety or environmental reasons.