To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which level of officials at the Highways Agency can approve spending on roads; and at what seniority investments (a) under £100,000, (b) between £100,000 and £1 million, (c) between £1 and £10 million, (d) between £10 and £50 million, (e) between £50 and £100 million and (f) over £100 million can be made.
The Highways Agency has the following grading structure in its organisation:
|PB4||Higher Executive officer|
|PB5||Higher Executive officer|
|PB6||Senior Executive officer|
|PB7||Head of Department|
The two main types of spend on roads are major projects, such as road widening, and maintenance, including renewals and enhancements. In general, projects valued at over £20 million are delivered by the Major Projects teams in the Highways Agency.
For financial approval for Major Projects, the letting of any contract will need approval from The Chief Executive (Grade SCS3). The Chief Executive/SCS3 will also need to approve any price increases in projects.
For financial approval for Maintenance, including renewals and enhancements, the award of work can be approved by the following:
£0 to £0.5 million: PB7
£0.5 million to £5 million: PB8
£5 million to £20 million: SCS 2
£20 million and over: SCS3.
In addition to these financial controls all procurements are approved by a holder of procurement delegations. For all contracts over £10,000 this contractual approval would be exercised within the Procurement Division, limits vary by category of spend but generally allow approval within the Procurement management group responsible. For the largest contracts, the delegations would be exercised by the Procurement Director.