HC Deb 24 July 1963 vol 681 cc1449-50
39. Mr. A. Roberts

asked the Minister of Transport if the contracts have been agreed to for the construction of the Sheffield to Leeds section of the M.1 motorway.

Mr. Marples

Tenders will be invited as soon as the statutory processes and the complex engineering preparation are complete. As the hon. Member is aware, I plan to start construction of the Don Viaduct, and of some substantial portion of the roadworks, during the next financial year. The remaining roadworks will follow by stages thereafter.

Mr. Roberts

May I have a firm assurance from the right hon. Gentleman that it will be possible to continue with the whole length of this road during 1964?

Mr. Marples

I could not give that assurance. I can assure the hon. Gentleman that we realise the importance of this scheme, and if we cannot get the continuity that we desire it will be because of difficulties such as statutory processes.