Petition – in the House of Commons at 9:38 am on 22 May 1981.

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Photo of Patrick Cormack Patrick Cormack , Staffordshire South West 9:38, 22 May 1981

I beg to ask leave to present a petition which has been signed by 1,500 persons both in my constituency and outside it by those concerned with the preservation of the countryside, the importance of agriculture and the necessity for not providing a new natural boundary for the West Midland conurbation.

The petition sheweth That the Government has decided that we can no longer maintain our accustomed standards of health, education and other essential social services;That at the same time the Government appears ready to spend upwards of £20 million more than is necessary on a new two-lane motorway, the M54, instead of dualling the existing A5.Wherefore your petitioners pray that your honourable House will cause the M54 motorway scheme to be cancelled. That is indicative of the strong feeling in my constituency.

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