Further Memorandum submitted by the Department
of the Environment, Transport and the Regions
The Committee has asked for an explanation of
the reference which the Chief Secretary made to "1.1 billion
extra for integrated transport strategy", when he gave evidence
to the committee on Wednesday 9 December 1998. In connection with
this the Clerk of the committee has asked for a back-run of figures
in order to address concerns over the proportion of this money
that is actually dedicated to local road improvements, as opposed
to public transport.
The £1.1 billion extra provision to which
the Chief Secretary referred relates to a certain number of DETR
programmes, including support for local authorities' transport
plans and for public transport, the expenditure profiles of which
will rise between 1999-2000 and 2000-01. These are listed in the
attached table (Annex A), which shows past expenditure and estimates
of future provision.
As shown in the table at Annex A the figure
of £1.1 billion extra included anticipated increases in expenditure
on local authority transport capital, excluding forecast expenditure
on principal road carriageway maintenance (which is anticipated
to total around £300 million between 1999-2000 and 2000-01).
A detailed breakdown of the historic allocation made for local
transport capital was given in answer to Parliamentary Question
by Mr. Jenkin, (Hansard 25 January, column no. 32), a copy of
which is attached at Annex B. Full details of DETR's expenditure
plans will be contained in the Department's Annual Report, to
be published this spring.
The Department issued a Press Release announcing
the results of the transport CSR on 20 July which set out broad
expenditure plans for all the main transport programmes, within
which the increases identified in the attached table will take
place. The total increase of £1.8 billion referred to in
that Press Release included the £1.1 billion described above,
while the remaining £700 million related to extra resources
for the maintenance of trunk roads, motorways and local authority
Breakdown of £1.1 billion extra allocated
to local and public transport
|Trans-European Networks (TENS)1
|Travel Awareness Campaign||||||||||||||3||5||5|
|Commission for Integrated Transport||||||||||||||2||2||2|
|Airport White Paper Studies||||||||||||||0||1||0|
|Rail Passenger Partnership and Infrastructure||||||||||||||20||35||50|
|Promoting Green Transport Plans||||||||||||||2||8||8|
|Freight Grants (Rail)||4
|Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL)||428||224||318||47||8||33||44||48||254|
|Bus Fuel Duty Rebate (England only)||182||185||190||188||188||224||276||318||383|
|Local Transport Capital Settlement2||874||735||819||744||656||543||528||599||836|
|Additional funding (using 1998-99 as baseline)||95||253||760|
|Cumulative additional funding (1998-99 baseline)
|Total additional funding for local and public transport programmes (compared to 1998-99 baseline)||1,109|
1 DETR is required to provide public expenditure cover for all transport trans-European Network (TEN) receipts from the EU. The figures for future years are based upon the Department's best estimate of what the overall EU TEN budget might be (this is under discussion as part of the Agenda 2000 negotiations) and what share of that budget it might be reasonable to expect to receive.
2 The figures for the Local Transport Capital Settlement exclude any expenditure/funding for Principal Road Carriageway maintenance (see Annex B). The figures up to and including 1999-2000 reflect the actual allocation of funds. The splits between principal road carriageway maintenance and other local transport projects for the years 2000-01 and 2001-02 are based on estimates, actual allocation will depend on future decisions, following the submission of bids made by Local Authorities.
Totals may not sum due to rounding.
Date: Monday 25 January 1999
Mr. Jenkin: to ask the Secretary of State for the
Environment, Transport and the Regions (1) if he will publish
a table showing total local authority capital expenditure allocations
for transport for the year 1999-2000; and for each of the previous
(2) if he will publish a table indicating local authority transport
capital expenditure allocations for existing commitments and new
major schemes; and the equivalent figures for each of the previous
Ms Glenda Jackson [holding answer 11 January 1999]:
As part of our commitment to integrated transport policies as
set out in "A New Deal for Transport Better for Everyone",
in the 1999-2000 local transport capital settlement we increased
support to local transport packages, local safety schemes and
the maintenance of highways and bridges. We also reintroduced
funding for rural and non-package minor works, which had been
suspended for the two previous settlements. The information is
shown in the following table.
Local transport capital settlements1
1 Total for 1990-2000 excludes support for European Regional Development Fund grant (£26 million in 1998-99), which is now funded separately from the local transport capital settlement.
|Principal road carriageway maintenance||0
|Bridge assessment and strengthening||91||111||137||137||117||101||110||100||128|
|Local safety schemes||0
|Local authority packages||0
|Grant reduction for previous underspends||-48||-54||-64
|New major schemes||41||61||93||47||39||6||0||0||6|
2 Support for Croydon Tramlink and South Yorkshire Supertram.