§ 2. Mr. Arthur Pearson
asked the Secretary of State for Wales how he intends to proceed in placing the contracts for the extension of the Cardiff-Merthyr road programmed for 1967.
§ The Under-Secretary of State for Wales (Mr. Ifor Davies)
Selected firms will be invited to tender for the first stage of the work, between Tongwynlais and Nantgarw.
§ Mr. Pearson
Perhaps one could say that that is short, though not unduly sweet. Would my hon. Friend use his best endeavours to guard against a lack of urgency in the placing of these contracts? Are there any solid reasons why these contracts should not be placed on a project which was programmed for 1966–67?
§ Mr. Davies
At present, there is no reason to believe that the scheme will not proceed as planned, but, of course, the programme depends on the completion of the statutory procedures.