HC Deb 01 December 1959 vol 614 cc995-6
30. Mr. Willis

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what proposals he has for expanding the road programme in Scotland.

Mr. N. Macpherson

Under the present road programme my right hon. Friend expects to authorise schemes involving Government expenditure of £40 million during the four year period to 31st March, 1962. Further plans are under consideration.

Mr. Willis

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that that is quite inadequate for the needs of Scotland? Will he look at this matter again in order to bring it more into line with current demand? In particular, will he show a much greater sense of urgency about the by-pass for Edinburgh and Musselburgh as an approach to the Forth road bridge?

Mr. Macpherson

We are continually looking at this matter. Out of the present programme there is still about £13 million to be authorised, so that we have some way to go yet.