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Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

Transport written question – answered on 9th July 2013.

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Photo of Rob Flello Rob Flello Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library details of the grants which his Department has given to each local authority for purposes of road maintenance in each of the last three years.

Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

The Department for Transport provides funding to local authorities in England (outside London) through the highways maintenance transport capital block grant. This grant is allocated to each authority using section 31 of the Local Government Act 2003. The funding is allocated by formula and an explanatory note setting out this is available from the Department for Transport website:

I have placed in the House library a table setting out how much each local highway authority has been allocated for highways maintenance funding in the last three years.

Local authorities are also able to use revenue funding, allocated by the Department of Communities and Local Government through the Revenue Support Grant for maintaining their local highways. Neither revenue nor capital highways maintenance block funding is ring-fenced and it is for local highway authorities to decide upon their spending priorities across the whole range of services that they provide.

The Department is funding local highways maintenance projects in Portsmouth, Birmingham, Sheffield, Isle of Wight and the London borough of Hounslow through the private finance initiative. I have placed a table in the House Library setting out the funding we have allocated to these authorities in each of the last three years.

In addition the Department has also funded specific larger maintenance schemes costing more than £5 million from its local major funding programme.

The funding for road maintenance in London, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are matters for the respective administrations.

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