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Scots behind on roads and water spend

SPENDING on roads and water infrastructure in Scotland is still lagging behind targets set by the Scottish Executive, according to a Construction Products Association survey.

The association analysed investment levels in Scotland to see how they matched up to promises in the executive's last three spending reviews.

Water was the main problem area, with less than half the planned £1.8 billion investment programme beyond project feasibility stage.

Road spending is also lagging but good progress is being made with new or refurbished schools and rail networks and station upgrades.

The executive is also on target to deliver 21,000 new homes for social rent or lowcost ownership by 2008. But 20,000 homes are still below minimum habitable standards.