HC Deb 26 April 1972 vol 835 cc1540-1
28. Mr. David Steel

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether it is his policy to divert all trunk routes from town centres.

Mr. Graham Page

I recognise that trunk road bypasses can make a major contribution to the environment of towns. There are many bypass schemes in the programme, and more will be added as funds permit

Mr. Steel

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that there will be a general welcome for any speeding-up which can be achieved in this endeavour? Will he undertake to have a word with his colleagues in the Scottish Office, who seem to be more backward in this subject?

Mr. Page

It is only with great temerity that I should consider discussing matters with the Scottish Office. I have enough responsibilities in England.

Mr. Dykes

Will my hon. Friend look at the position of London again on this matter and discuss with the GLC yet again the possibility of keeping heavy vehicles out of the centre of London and diverting them round circular routes? My hon. Friend will be aware, of course, that in other major cities—Paris, for example—no heavy lorries are allowed through the centre.

Mr. Page

This subject is being considered urgently both inside and outside London. I hope that my right hon. Friend the Minister for Transport Industries will be able to make a statement on it soon.