§ Mr. Hoyle
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money will be spent on the M6(a) maintenance and (b) upgrading in (i) Lancashire, (ii) Cheshire and (iii) Staffordshire in each of the next five years; and how many miles of the M6 motorway will be affected in each of the counties. 
§ Dr. Howells
Maintenance programmes are established on an annual basis, based upon an assessment of network condition and availability of funds.
Subject to the availability of funds, the Highways Agency plans to invest in a Motorway Incident Detection Automatic Signalling System (MIDAS), which includes upgrading the current Variable Message Signs, on the Lancashire section of the M6.