§ 12. Mr. Geraint Howells
asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he has any plans in the foreseeable future to extend the motorway through Mid-Wales from the Midlands to Aberystwyth.
§ Mr. Barry Jones
A motorway is not justified but my right hon. and learned Friend intends to continue with the progressive improvement of the trunk roads eastwards from Aberystwyth to the English border.
§ Mr. Howells
I am sure the Minister is aware that communications between the Midlands and Aberystwyth must be improved if we are to induce industrialists to settle in that area. I thank the hon. Gentleman for his reply, but has he any proposals to improve communications in the near future?
§ Mr. Jones
I take the point made by the hon. Gentleman. He will be pleased to know that a preliminary report on the 973 scheme for improving the eastern approach to Aberystwyth was recently completed by consultants and is now under consideration. In addition, a feasibility study for improving the A44 between Aberystwyth and Llangurig has recently been completed and the report is under consideration.
§ Mr. Roderick
Does my hon. Friend appreciate that many people in Mid-Wales might consider that if money is available for communications it might be better spent on improving public transport facilities?