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Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

Transport written question – answered on 19th October 2012.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

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.

Photo of Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

The Highways Agency has the following grading structure in its organisation:

Grade Description
PB1 Administrative assistant
PB2 Administrative officer
PB3 Executive officer
PB4 Higher Executive officer
PB5 Higher Executive officer
PB6 Senior Executive officer
PB7 Head of Department
PB8 Divisional manager
SCSI Divisional Director
SCS2 Director
SCS3 Chief Executive

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.

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