A709 and A708

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th November 1966.

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Photo of Mr Hector Monro Mr Hector Monro , Dumfriesshire 12:00 am, 9th November 1966

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland why the A709 Lockerbie-Langholm road and the A708 Moffat-Selkirk road will not be treated in the future as principal roads for grant purposes.

Photo of Dr Dickson Mabon Dr Dickson Mabon , Greenock

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.

Photo of Mr Hector Monro Mr Hector Monro , Dumfriesshire

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?

Photo of Dr Dickson Mabon Dr Dickson Mabon , Greenock

I would not like to get involved at Question Time in discussing the roads affected in Dumfriesshire, including the two roads mentioned in the hon. Gentleman's Question. I prefer to wait until such time as we are able to consider the county councils' views.