HC Deb 10 March 1982 vol 19 cc449-50W
37. Mr. Lamborn

asked the Secretary of State for Transport how the original motorway and trunk road maintenance budget for 1981–82 compares with the likely outturn.

Mrs. Chalker

In the 1981–82 published Supply Estimates £138.5 million was provided for motorway and trunk road maintenance, within the roads cash block which is managed as a whole. After publication £21 million was transferred within the cash block from new construction, to facilitate urgent additional maintenance, particularly motorway reconstruction, making £159.5 million allocated in all. The latest forecast outturn is about £7 million higher, largely the result of the severe early winter weather, but this will be more than offset by reduced expenditure on other parts of the cash block.

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