HC Deb 05 July 1972 vol 840 c544
30. Mr. Ian Lloyd

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what consultations he has with delegations from Emsworth and from Havant and Waterloo Urban District Council on his decition to reject the findings of the court of inquiry into the Emsworth short bypass.

Mr. Speed

No final decision has yet been taken on this scheme. I have written to my hon. Friend explaining why we are unable to receive deputations on the matter from particular groups of interests.

Mr. Lloyd

Does my hon. Friend recognise that while my constituents appreciate that no decision has yet been taken, they are greatly disappointed that the Secretary of State has refused to receive them?

Mr. Speed

We took legal advice on this matter. It is improper at this stage, when my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State is acting in a quasi-judicial capacity, to receive this sort of deputation.