Tadcaster (By-Pass)

Oral Answers to Questions — Roads – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th February 1964.

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Photo of Colonel Leonard Ropner Colonel Leonard Ropner , Barkston Ash 12:00 am, 12th February 1964

asked the Minister of Transport what are his proposals for the A.64 in connection with the construction of a by-pass road at Tadcaster.

Photo of Hon. Thomas Galbraith Hon. Thomas Galbraith , Glasgow Hillhead

A line for the by-pass is shown on the approved development plan.

There are many more urgently needed improvements awaiting a place in the roads programme and I am afraid it will be some years before this scheme can be included.

Photo of Colonel Leonard Ropner Colonel Leonard Ropner , Barkston Ash

Could my hon. Friend give a rather closer interpretation of what he means by "some years"?

Photo of Hon. Thomas Galbraith Hon. Thomas Galbraith , Glasgow Hillhead

I do not think so. I should like to help my hon. and gallant Friend, but I am afraid I cannot do so. There are a great many more urgently required schemes than this, but it is something which will require to be done eventually.

Photo of Mr George Jeger Mr George Jeger , Goole

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that there is great resentment in the area of the hon. and gallant Member for Barkston Ash (Sir L. Ropner), and in my area, that there is far too much Ministry of Transport concentration on trunk roads and main roads and not enough on the hinterland, particularly on roads leading to the ports from the main roads on which the right hon. Member has concentrated?

Photo of Hon. Thomas Galbraith Hon. Thomas Galbraith , Glasgow Hillhead

I quite understand that, but the policy of my right hon. Friend is to deal with industrial roads first. I think he is right, and everyone in this House agrees that he has got his priorities right.