Public money could be saved by addressing the UK's growing pothole menace and preventing local councils from having to fork out even more in pay-outs for the damage they cause, it has been claimed.
Labour's shadow transport minister Jim Fitzpatrick said a Government programme to repair damaged road surfaces would cost less than the compensation that has to be paid out for damage and injuries.
Speaking in the Commons Mr Fitzpatrick told road safety minister Stephen Hammond that the calculation had been made by the National Audit Office.
He asked him if he had held talks with Treasury colleagues to see if extra funding was available to fix the problem and "get the UK economy moving".
Fellow Labour MP Brian Donohoe backed his calls, saying it was a case of "a stitch in time saves nine", with other opposition MPs shouting "Tory potholes".
Mr Hammond said the Government was giving more than £3 billion to local authorities for maintenance and had given an extra £200 million in March 2011 to address the impact of severe weather.
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