To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what allocation (a) her Department and (b) the Highways Agency has made for consultancy fees in relation to (i) roads, (ii) railways and (iii) other matters in its budget for 2008-09.
The Department for Transport, including agencies other than the Highways Agency, has made budget allocations for expenditure on consultancy and professional services in 2008-09 as follows:
'Roads' includes road pricing and road vehicle safety and standards. 'Railways' includes Crossrail, LCR, Metronet and various aspects of the railways industry. 'Other Matters' includes all the transport Executive agencies, except the Highways Agency, together with the shared services project and other organisational consultancies.
The Highways Agency has no specific allocation within its budget for consultancy fees, but anticipates spending £2,000,000 during 2008-09 on administrative consultancies.