§ Ms. Walley
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money was transferred from the highway maintenance standard spending assessment to the highways structural maintenance elements of transport supplementary grant in the settlement for 1993–94; how much of that sum has been allocated for structural maintenance on principal roads and how much for Bridge strengthening; and what was the amount of local authority expenditure on structural maintenance on principal roads in 1992–93.
§ Mr. Kenneth Carlisle
For 1993–94 a further £120 million has been transferred from revenue support grant to the transport supplementary grant system to cover structural maintenance on carriageways of principal roads. This followed two previous transfers, £90 million in 1991–92 for assessment, strengthening and other structural maintenance on bridges and £100 million in 1992–93 for carriageways of roads on the primary route network.
Of the £310 million transferred, £172.8 million has been allocated in 1993–94 for structural maintenance on carriageways of principal roads, and £137.2 million for assessment, strengthening and other structural maintenance of bridges.
For 1993–94 local highways authorities may switch resources between bridges and carriageways according to local priority.
The amount of local authority expenditure on structural maintenance on principal roads in 1992–93 is not yet available. Local highway authorities have budgeted to spend £119 million on these roads in 1992–93.