My right hon. Friend has had objections from the county councils of Angus and Kincardine and town councils of Arbroath, Montrose and Monifieth. Their views will be fully considered before a decision is taken.
Does the hon. Gentleman recognise that the two main Toads to the North-East, the A92 and the A94, serve quite different purposes? Before reaching any final decision about this, will he bear in mind the very good reasons for maintaining both those roads as trunk roads, as this would be in the interests of the best development of the North-East?
I am sure that my right hon. Friend will want to keep in mind all the factors drawn to his attention, including, of course, the views of both the North-East Consultative Group and of the North-East of Scotland Development Committee.