§ 58. Mr. Roy Hughes
asked the Minister of Transport if he will authorise an overrun in cash limits on the roads programme in line with the excess of £40 million allowed to British Railways to prevent unnecessary delays in the programme.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
No. The increase in the external finance limit for the British Railways Board was an exceptional measure to assist the board in adapting to the difficult trading conditions it is experiencing this year. There is no comparable justification for a relaxation of the cash limits on the roads programme.