» Wednesday, January 6, 2010


The Prime Minister’s Spokesman started by saying that these were exceptional weather conditions but we were working extremely hard to minimise the disruption caused.

The Highways Agency had its fleet of 500 salt spreaders and snow ploughs out in force and had been successful in keeping the vast majority of the major road network running, helping prevent the formation of ice and build up of snow.

The Department for Transport had kept in extremely close contact with local authorities across the country, to check how they were dealing with their own local road networks.

The Department for Transport and the devolved governments in Scotland and Wales were actively and regularly monitoring the supply and the stock level of salt across the UK, working closely with their agencies, local authorities and companies which supply salt. This cooperation on the ground was helping to manage salt supplies effectively.

On Cold Weather Payments it was worth highlighting that thousands of vulnerable families would not have to worry about turning up the heat as the Government paid out millions in Cold Weather Payments. The government had spent about 172 million so far this winter, with just over 70 million of this over the cold New Year’s weekend.

Asked if it had been considered that the Government take control of salt supplies, the PMS said no; the Government’s responsibility was to ensure that the salt supplies were at the right level. In terms of how it was administered, it was a combination of the Highways Agency and local authorities.

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