HC Deb 19 February 1990 vol 167 cc648-9
13. Sir Anthony Meyer

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what response has been received to the publication of "The A55—The Road of Opportunity"; and what further sections of the road will begin to be improved in the next financial year.

Mr. Wyn Roberts

The response to the publication of the document "The A55—The Road of Opportunity" has been very favourable. We will be announcing details of major trunk road schemes planned to start in 1990–91 in the Welsh Office commentary on the 1990 public expenditure White Paper due to be published in March.

Sir Anthony Meyer

Is my hon. Friend satisfied that everyone concerned—the private developers and Clwyd county council—is taking full advantage of the glittering opportunities presented by the Government's tremendous success in driving ahead with that new road? Will he make a statement about when work is likely to begin on the badly needed Rhuallt hill improvement?

Mr. Roberts

On my hon. Friend's second question, tenders for the scheme were invited on 19 January and are due for return at the end of March, and construction is expected to take about two years. We shall get going with the scheme as soon as possible.

On the earlier part of my hon. Friend's question, I believe that the actions of the local authorities in connection with the enormous Government investment in the new road, and the proposals that are coming forward, are to be welcomed.