HC Deb 27 July 1960 vol 627 cc1641-2
40. Mr. B. Harrison

asked the Minister of Transport when he will be able to announce details of the line of the Witham and the Kelvedon by-passes.

Mr. J. Hay

The lines of the Kelvedon and Witham By-passes were established by Orders made in 1939 and 1958 respectively. A draft Order to provide for a short extension of Witham By-pass was published on 17th June last.

Mr. Harrison

I thank my hon. Friend for that reply, but when will something be done about building the road?

Mr. Hay

That was not the question I was originally asked. I was asked when I would be able to announce details of the line. We have had one of the lines since 1939.

Mr. John Hall

Can my hon. Friend say whether the delay in starting these by-passes, the Andover By-pass and, even more important, the High Wycombe By-pass, is due to the fact that the cost of existing schemes has proved so much greater than the estimates that there is no money left to start new schemes?

Mr. Hay

No, it is not. So many people want to do so much work in so short a time that we have not the money to do all of it at once.

Mr. Benn

In view of the fact that the authorisations this year are lower than in previous years and that we are told that there is to be a standstill in Government expenditure, is the programme likely to be delayed still further?

Mr. Hay

I expect that the hon. Member will wish to elaborate that point in the debate which we are to have tomorrow.

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