HC Deb 31 July 1974 vol 878 c791
18. Mr. Russell Johnston

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will publish a list of those sections of the A9 where improvements are to be undertaken, together with the expected dates of completion.

Mr. Millan

I am circulating in the OFFICIAL REPORT a list of the expected completion dates of the four schemes now in progress. I cannot forecast completion dates for the schemes on the remainder of the 137 miles from Perth to Ardullie until the procedural formalities and engineering plans are completed and contracts let.

Mr. Johnston

Will the Minister, however, deny the strong rumour that is going around at the moment that certain sections of the A9 improvement, authorised by the previous administration, are to be delayed by the present Government?

Mr. Millan

Yes, I can deny that. I am not sure where these rumours come from or whether they are spread innocently or maliciously; but I can deny them.

The following is the information:

Scheme Expected Completion Date
Almond Bridge and approaches August 1975
Drumochter Lodge to Crubenmore. May 1976
Kessock Bridge approaches June 1975
Duncanston to Ardullie (including preliminary work on the crossing of the Cromarty Firth). August 1975