§ 7. Mr. Simon Coombs
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to announce his decision on the Newbury bypass.
§ Mr. Coombs
Is my right hon. Friend aware that the people of Newbury are holding their breath, waiting for the right decision to be made on that important issue? Is he further aware that they need to hold their breath to avoid breathing in the pollution in Newbury that is caused by continuous traffic jams? Does he agree that a road as important as the A34, which links the port of Southampton with the midlands, needs to be dualled throughout its length to give relief to the people of Newbury?
§ Dr. Mawhinney
My hon. Friend is right to point to the problems that occur around Newbury and the difficulties that they cause to residents of the town and surrounding areas. I have recognised the problem and said that it needs to be addressed—it will be as soon as we are confident of the appropriate and proper way forward.