HC Deb 15 December 1966 vol 738 cc629-30
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.