§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
The inspector's report is still being considered. I hope that it will be possible to announce a decision soon.
§ Mr. Clarke
We received the report in June of this year, and I am anxious in all these cases that there should not be too great a delay between receiving the inspector's report and giving a decision. It is not simply a question of reading the report; it is also a question of evaluating highly complex arguments and producing a detailed decision letter that will stand up to scrutiny in the courts of law and elsewhere when a final decision is taken. I appreciate my hon. Friend's strong views 1269 about the road. We have been proceeding with the matter as quickly as possible.