§ Mr. Robert Taylor
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether the recent payments to W. & C. French Ltd. under the Highways Act 1959 are the first such payments made to a firm in the private sector under the provisions of the Act; and if not, whether he will give details of preceding payments.
§ Dr. Gilbert
No. The Department has made loans and grants to 25 other contractors, amounting to some£3.7 million.