HC Deb 20 July 1987 vol 120 c13
14. Mr. Squire

asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether he will review the scope for reducing delays in the procedure for determining routes for road improvements; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Bottomley

All pre-construction procedures are kept under continuous review with the aim of minimising the time taken and improving efficiency.

Mr. Squire

I thank my hon. Friend for that answer. As he is aware, in the time since I tabled the question my hon. Friend has announced after 13 years the re-routing long sought by my constituents in Rainham, for which I am grateful, as are they. Nevertheless, will he consider, on reflection, that 13 years is rather a long time to await such a decision for which we pressed in 1975?

Mr. Bottomley

Yes, Sir.