§ 14. Mr. Alasdair Mackenzie
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when work will start in the Strome Ferry bypass on road A.890.
§ Dr. Dickson Mabon
I cannot say when it may be possible to authorise this bypass. My right hon. Friend will review highways needs in the Highlands in the light of the Highland study to be completed by the Scottish Planning Board next year.
§ Mr. Mackenzie
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the last Administration promised the local authority that this road would be started in 1963, and will he bear in mind the increase in tourist traffic in the area over the past few years?
§ Dr. Mabon
I am so aware, and of the sins of the fathers as well. It is a fact that the Secretary of State for Scotland as far back as 1961 reached such an understanding, but this was based on a diversion of certain other road funds to which the Highland Panel itself took exception. I can only repeat the assurance that my right hon. Friend will review this in the light of the Planning Board's submission.
§ Sir Harmar Nicholls
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that his right hon. Friend does not appear to be winning Cabinet battles for money as effectively as my right hon. Friend did?
§ Mr. Speaker
That could not possibly arise from the Answer.