HC Deb 21 January 1970 vol 794 cc503-4
25. Mr. Manuel

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what was the mileage and value of road schemes in the preparation list on 30th November, 1969.

Mr. Ross

About 36 miles of trunk road schemes and bridges, estimated to cost some £33 million. This is in addition to some 70 miles of major trunk road schemes costing about £45 million which are planned to start by 1971–72, and to principal road schemes which are being prepared by local authorities.

Mr. Manuel

While I thank my right hon. Friend for that reply, could he inform the House what will be the mileage and value of road schemes to be actively commenced during this year?

Mr. Ross

I think it is difficult to say exactly what it will be, but if my hon. Friend will put down a Question limited to that point I shall be glad to answer it.

Mr. Younger

Will the right hon. Gentleman say why he has downgraded the last section of the M8 to a trunk road instead of a motorway, as was originally planned, and why the M9 has been held back to such an extent that it has no chance of being completed by the original contract date of 1972?

Mr. Ross

This has nothing to do with Question 25. If the hon. Gentleman wants information on this point he should put down a Question on the matter.