M6 (Midland Link Section)

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th January 1970.

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Photo of Mr James Dance Mr James Dance , Bromsgrove 12:00 am, 27th January 1970

asked the Minister of Transport what problems have prevented the Midland link section of the M6 from being completed in 1971 as previously planned.

Photo of Mr Albert Murray Mr Albert Murray , Gravesend

None, Sir. Completion of all contracts is expected towards the end of 1971.

Photo of Mr James Dance Mr James Dance , Bromsgrove

Does the Joint Parliamentary Secretary realise that in response to numerous questions we have been told categorically that this road will be finished by the end of 1971? How, then, does he reconcile the statement made by the other Parliamentary Secretary on 1st December that it would be completed in 1972?

Photo of Mr Albert Murray Mr Albert Murray , Gravesend

As we have said on many occasions, Labour government works. Not only do we keep our promises; we improve on them.

Photo of Mr Michael Heseltine Mr Michael Heseltine , Tavistock

Are we to take it that the Parliamentary Secretary assumes that he will be freed of his present responsibility to work on building the road itself?

Photo of Mr James Dance Mr James Dance , Bromsgrove

On a point of order. In view of the unsatisfactory nature of the hon. Gentleman's reply, I give notice that I will try to raise this matter on the Adjournment at the earliest possible moment.