HC Deb 04 August 1971 vol 822 cc1576-7
32. Mr. Galbraith

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many representations he has received concerning the Corporation of Glasgow's intentions to widen Great Western Road.

Mr. Gordon Campbell

Since publishing my decision to confirm the Great Western Road Expressway Compulsory Purchase Order, I have received 84 such representations.

Mr. Galbraith

Does not the very large number of representations my right hon. Friend has received—and I have received 73—indicate the great concern felt not only about the future of Great Western Road but about the constitutional propriety of Glasgow's trying to undermine my right hon. Friend's position following a public inquiry? Will he reject this attempt? Indeed, in the light of the decision of the Toronto Town Council to abandon a similar expressway, half built, will he re-examine this costly and damaging scheme which can never be a traffic success because of the bottleneck at Kelvingrove Park?

Mr. Campbell

My hon. Friend will recall that I decided to agree with the recommendation of the reporter who looked into the question. I am now considering the revised proposals which have been submitted by the corporation but I still stick to the decisions which I have made.