This letter is a response to a Freedom of Information request concerning the way that road salt was allocated and supplied to various regions and bodies from central stockpiles within the months of December 2010 to March 2011.
The response states that the Department of Transport arranged for regular audits of local highway authority salt stock levels between December 2012 and February 2011 and each audit was reviewed to determine whether authorities required access to salt from the central stockpile. It explains that, following extreme weather in December 2010, a proportion of salt from the stockpile was released as a precaution and that analysis was used to determine which authorities required additional salt amounts to meet minimum capability thresholds. The response also states that on 2 occasions local authorities in England were invited to bid for salt amounts, although this did not guarantee an allocation. A table of individual area allocation amounts has been included in the response.