HC Deb 09 June 1986 vol 99 cc7-8
5. Mr. Best

asked the Secretary of State for Wales when he expects to make a statement on responses to the consultation paper, "Roads for Wales—the 1990s and Beyond"; how many responses he has received; what has been their nature; and how many responses he has received about roads on Ynys Môn.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales (Mr. Wyn Roberts)

I have received over 150 responses covering a wide range of issues affecting both trunk and county roads. About 30 concern roads on Ynys Môn. I am still considering the responses.

Mr. Best

My hon. Friend will know of my efforts to try to secure bypasses around the five villages on the A5 on Ynys Môn and also my thanks to him for his welcome statement during the last Welsh Question Time that he would look at the possibility of a bypass around Holyhead, bearing in mind the massive increase in traffic that that town is likely to encounter during the next few years. Is my hon. Friend able to say when he will be in a position to appoint consultants?

Mr. Roberts

No one has pressed harder for improvements to the A5 on Anglesey than my hon. Friend. He will be aware that the consultants' report covers the five villages of Pentre Berw, Gaerwen, Gwalchmai, Bryngwran, Caergeiliog and Valley. However, I do not believe that it is possible to look at the A5 in Anglesey without considering Holyhead, and that we shall do.

Mr. Raffan

Will my hon. Friend tell the House what representations he has received on the urgent need to create an effective link between the A55 and the A548 to ensure that future industrial growth in Delyn will not be hampered? Will he also tell the House whether the Government would be willing to contribute towards the cost of the evaluation study of the proposed link, which Clwyd county council has promised to undertake?

Mr. Roberts

Among the 150 responses that I have received, I do not recall receiving the one that my hon. Friend mentions. Many of the people who responded are anxious to improve our communications infrastructure in order to assist industry. Of course, we pay special attention to the requirements for industrial developments, including those in my hon. Friend's constituency.