§ 22. Mr. Brooks
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether, in the light of the proposals for a Dee Estuary crossing, he will now consider the practicability of designating a new town for Merseyside overspill in northeast Wales.
§ Mr. Mellish
The preliminary feasibility study by engineering consultants is being published on 28th July. The attraction of north-east Wales for population from Merseyside is clearly one of the factors the Government will take into account in considering, after consultation with regional economic planning councils and local authorities, what further studies shall be undertaken.
§ Mr. Brooks
I thank my hon. Friend for his assurance that this matter will be looked at. Will he accept that this development is likely to accelerate if and when the Dee crossing is constructed and that the time is now to co-ordinate this development with further employment opportunities?