HC Deb 04 May 1966 vol 727 cc1604-5
8. Dame Joan Vickers

asked the Minister of Transport whether, in view of the fact that no airport will be built near Plymouth in the immediate future, she will restore the cuts in expenditure on the A38.

Mr. John Morris

Programmed improvements of the A38 in Devon will be carried out in full. Three of the eight schemes originally deferred have now started and we hope work on the remaining five will start in a few months' time.

Dame Joan Vickers

I thank the hon. Gentleman for that reply. I hope that he will see that this road is put into very good condition, especially in view of the unfortunate Budget which will deprive the West Country of many of the tourists who would otherwise use the road.

Mr. Peter Mills

Will the hon. Gentleman also bear in mind that now that the air link between the West Country and London Airport has been closed, with the ending of the only airline operating the route, it is even more vital that there should be a restoration of the cuts in the rebuilding of the A38?

Mr. Morris

I thought that I made it clear that the programmed improvements would be carried out in full.

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