HC Deb 04 July 1956 vol 555 cc1322-3
34. Mr. Lagden

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation the position regarding the improvements to be made on A.12 at Gallows Corner; and when they will be completed.

Mr. Molson

Work will start in September and is expected to be completed by March, 1957.

Mr. Lagden

Would it be possible, in view of the fact that there is such tremendous congestion on the A.12 and Southend roads, for the Minister or one of his representatives to view it from the air, possibly by helicopter? It would bring home to my right hon. Friend the desirability of speed in this case, and it is quite impossible to view it from the ground. If necessary, I would be willing to accompany him in the helicopter.

Mr. Molson

Attractive as I should find that helicopter journey with my hon. Friend, there is really no need to bring home to us how heavy is the traffic on those roads. The work could have been begun before September, but because of the large amount of traffic which is likely to be on them in August, we decided to postpone it until September.

Mr. Simmons

Is the Minister aware, in view of the speech of the hon. Gentleman the Member for Hornchurch (Mr. Lagden) on the Death Penalty (Abolition) Bill, that he is an expert on the question of gallows?

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