Roads Programme (Property Purchases) (Hansard, 16 January 1997)
HC Deb 16 January 1997 vol 288 cc315-6W
Mr. Andrew Smith

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what income was obtained in each year since 1988 from the disposal of(a) houses, (b) other properties and (c) land which had been acquired for roads schemes but was no longer required. [10850]

Mr. Watts

The information is not available in the form requested. Total income from the sale of land in each of the years 1988–89 to 1995–96 was:

  • 1988–89: £9.6m
  • 1989–90: £17.5m
  • 1990–91: £8.5m
  • 1991–92: £15.3m
  • 1992–93: £11.2m
  • 1993–94: £21.4m
  • 1994–95: £29.3m
  • 1995–96: £43.1m

Mr. Smith

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what expenditure was incurred in each year since 1988 in acquiring(a) houses, (b) other properties and (c) land for road schemes. [10849]

Mr. Watts

The information is not available in the form requested. Total land and compensation expenditure in each of the years 1988–89 to 1995–96 was:

  • 1988–89: £66.3m
  • 1989–90: £95.2m
  • 1990–91: £157.3m
  • 1991–92: £179.9m
  • 1992–93: £259.7m
  • 1993–94: £273m
  • 1994–95: £217.2m
  • 1995–96: £185.7m

Mr. Smith

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much of the property purchased for the purposes of the roads programme is no longer required following the removal of schemes from the programme; and if he will list(a) the number of houses, (b) the number of other properties and (c) the extent of the land holdings involved. [10847]

Mr. Watts

The information is not available in the form requested. The number of properties and separately identified land holdings on schemes withdrawn from the roads programme in November 1996 is 1,055.

Mr. Smith

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what was the total purchase price of property purchased for the purposes of the roads programme and now surplus to requirements; and what estimate he has made of the present value of this property. [10848]

Mr. Watts

We are still to complete the identification of all the surplus following the November 1996 budget. To date, on all schemes, we have declared surplus property and land which we purchased for £138.2 million. The purchase price excludes compensation payable for disturbance, home loss removal expenses and fees, and so on. The resale value of these properties will depend on the state of the property market at the time of sale.

Mr. Smith

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list for each road scheme in the main and longer-term pre-1995 roads programme, the quantity and value of property(a) held, (b) acquired, (c) disposed of and (d) held but now surplus to requirements, incorporating the effects of the revisions to the programme in November 1995 and November 1996. [10851]

Mr. Watts

I have placed in the Library four lists showing every scheme for which the Highways Agency holds property, including withdrawn schemes, schemes under construction and completed schemes. The lists cover:(a) all property held, (b) all property acquired, (c) all property recorded as disposed of, (d) all property held but now surplus. Acquisitions and disposals do not record properties acquired under discretionary powers but immediately sold.

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