Road Salting and Gritting

Transport written question – answered on 11th January 2010.

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Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what discussions he has had with the (a) Highways Agency and (b) Salt Union on the distribution of salt to the Highways Agency and local authorities since 9 February 2009.

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Minister of State (Department for Transport)

holding answer 7 January 2010

The information requested is as follows:

(a) Both during February 2009 and immediately following the winter season, a number of discussions were held between the Department for Transport and the Highways Agency to discuss issues arising from the winter and to contribute to the related Transport Select Committee (TSC) hearing and other related events requiring briefing information. Following the TSC hearing, the UK Roads Liaison Group led a review into the severe weather of February 2009, comprising input from the Highways Agency, salt suppliers and the Department for Transport, as well as local authority representation. Discussions between the Department for Transport and Highways Agency were held in both carrying out the review and compiling the subsequent report. Department for Transport Ministers have also had a number of discussions with the Highways Agency to discuss winter resilience, including the distribution of salt.

(b) Department for Transport officials have also had a number of discussions with Salt Union and others on similar issues.

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