§ Mr. Bob Russell
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what is the average cost of traffic calming schemes approved in the last financial year for which figures are available. 
§ Ms Glenda Jackson
[holding answer 12 July 1999]: This information is not held centrally. Local highway authorities are responsible for the decision to introduce a traffic calming scheme, and do not need the Secretary of State's approval unless, exceptionally, they wish to use a traffic calming feature which is not covered by regulations under the Traffic Calming Act 1992.