HC Deb 19 July 1971 vol 821 c1011
4. Mr. Gower

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what will be the approximate estimated expenditure on building and improving principal roads in Wales during 1971–72 ; and how such expenditure will compare with the expenditure of each of the previous two years.

Mr. Peter Thomas

£6.4 million compared with £5.2 million in 1969–70 and a provisional figure of £6 million in 1970–71.

Mr. Gower

As road building of this kind may be deemed to constitute an important part of the infrastructure, which we talk about a lot these days, will my right hon. and learned Friend say to what extent his latest projects in road development are related to the industrial needs of Wales and, in particular, of the Welsh development area?

Mr. Peter Thomas

So far as principal roads are concerned, I am anxious that local authorities should put forward schemes for improvement in the principal road preparation list, and I have already asked them to do so.

Sir A. Meyer

Will my right hon. and learned Friend be ever mindful of the truly appalling state of the A55, and give it the highest priority?

Mr. Peter Thomas

I am fully aware that considerable improvements are necessary on the A55. I am anxious that it should be a dual carriageway all the way along as soon as possible, and, as my hon. Friend knows, I have already announced some' far-reaching plans for the A55.