Mr. Bob Brown:
The scheme was included in the first preparation pool announced in February, 1967. Preparatory work is now fairly well advanced and we hope to publish the draft Order to establish the line of the road by mid-1969.
When will the Minister authorise the road itself? We have known the line of the road for a long time. What we need is the road, because we have a heavy congestion of lorries passing through a series of built-up areas, which makes it very dangerous to the local residents. When shall we have the scheme itself?
When the early preparation work is finished, the timing of the start will depend on when funds are available for trunk road schemes and when the scheme has the necessary priority compared with other trunk road schemes. Thereafter, progress could depend on the statutory processes and on the objections made to the proposals, if any objections are made.