HC Deb 26 July 1976 vol 916 c10
6. Mr. Wigley

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is his latest estimate of the starting date for the Caernarvon inner relief road; and if he will make a statement on the progress of preparatory work for this scheme.

Mr. Barry Jones

The target starting date for this scheme depends on the availability of funds. Acquisition of land and advance demolition work, which have been proceeding as quickly as financial resources have permitted, will continue.

Mr. Wigley

Is the Minister aware that there is grave concern in Caernarvon at the dilapidated state of the town as a result of the slow progress of this project? Is he aware that, whereas some buildings need to be demolished, other buildings which are scheduled for demolition are perfectly good and can be used until it is absolutely necessary to pull them down for the road scheme? Will he and his Department look again at the scheme, in view of the possibility of delay, to ensure that we shall get the maximum possible benefit from the buildings in Caernarvon in the interim period?

Mr. Jones

I think the hon. Gentleman will agree that I have co-operated with him previously on this difficult problem. If he will let me know specific details, I shall look again at the project in detail.