Road and Railway Programmes (Expenditure)

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th November 1955.

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Photo of Mr Jo Grimond Mr Jo Grimond , Orkney and Shetland 12:00 am, 16th November 1955

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation how much he expects will be expended on his roads programme and on the railway modernisation programme, respectively, in the current year.

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

Capital expenditure on the railways, of which only a small proportion relates to the modernisation plan, is estimated at approximately £70 million in the current calendar year.

Expenditure on all forms of road construction and maintenance during the current financial year will be of the order of £41 million from central Government funds, and of the order of £40 million by local authorities.

Photo of Mr Jo Grimond Mr Jo Grimond , Orkney and Shetland

Can the Minister assure us that neither of the programmes is being slowed up, and that the railway programme, equally, is going forward, not only in amount but also in time?