Preliminary proposals have been made to Scottish highway authorities for the composition of the future principal road system. No firm decisions will be taken until my right hon. Friend has the views of the highway authorities on these preliminary proposals.
Is the hon. Gentleman not aware that the Selkirk and Dumfries County Councils strongly opposed this? Is he not further aware that, at a time when we are trying to encourage tourism and industry to come to these areas, it is ridiculous to be down-grading these two main roads?