Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Minutes of Evidence

Explanatory Memorandum from the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (EST 98A)



  More details can be found in the Annual Report 1998: Chapter 8 and Tables A2, A12, A14, A15 and C2.
Vote total


Final net provision 1996-971,663,499
Provision sought 1998-991,420,601
Change (Per cent)-15 Per cent
Final net provision 1997-981,572,599
Provision sought 1998-991,420,601
Change (Per cent)-10 Per cent

  This Vote replaces the former Class V, Vote 1 (Highways Agency).

  The Vote covers the work of the Highways Agency including: construction, improvement, maintenance and management of motorways and trunk roads, including the acquisition of land, publicity, scheme design and preparation; archaeological survey and rescue work; compensation; administration costs; export opportunities; and research and development in support of Highways Agency operations.

  The only new service provided in 1998-99 is that of export opportunities under the Wider Markets Initiative. This is in respect of the Highways Agency providing professional advice to British companies on road building abroad. Receipts will be retained as appropriations-in-aid.

  Individual Sections where the level of provision has changed significantly are:
Section A—National roads


Final net provision 1996-971,583,690
Provision sought 1998-991,349,036
Change (Per cent)-15 Per cent
Final net provision 1997-981,496,007
Provision sought 1998-991,349,036
Change (Per cent)-10 Per cent

Annual Report 1998—Chapter 8, paragraphs 8.5-8.9; figure 8a

  From 1996-97 to 1998-99 there has been a gradual tailing off of the National Roads programme expenditure. However, this has been partially offset by an increase in expenditure on both network control and local network management schemes. The 1998-99 figures also continue an increased element for roads and bridges maintenance.
Section B—Administration


Final net provision 1996-9779,807
Provision sought 1998-9971,564
Change (Per cent)-10 Per cent

Annual Report 1998—Table A12

  The Highways Agency was re-organised between 1996-97 and 1998-99, leading to a rationalisation of staffing levels. The improved efficiency enabled the closure of two offices.

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