HC Deb 18 March 1974 vol 870 c643
5. Mr. Grist

asked the Secretary of State for Wales when he expects to announce a date for the completion of the M4 South Wales-London motorway.

Mr. Barry Jones

It is not possible to give a precise date, since there are still statutory procedures to be complied with. It is the aim of my right hon. and learned Friend to have this road built at the earliest possible date, and I regret that our predecessors found it necessary to abandon the original date of 1976.

Mr. Grist

May I thank the Minister for that reply and say that I understand his difficulties? Will he give an assurance, as did my right hon. and learned Friend when he was in office, that any cuts in Government expenditure will not affect the building of this road?

Mr. Jones

It is very much hoped that such cuts will not affect the building of the road. It is to receive top priority in the Welsh road programme. It is a vital artery for Wales.

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