§ Sir R. Gower
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether he will appoint a committee to consider the question of the general layout of trunk and rural roads in the open country, the need to preserve the countryside and contingent problems.
§ Mr. Noel-Baker
The lay-out and construction of roads in rural areas has already been considered by a well qualified technical committee appointed by my Noble Friend. The results of their work are set out in Memorandum 575, which has been circulated by my Department to highway authorities. I am sending a copy to my hon. Friend. The same Committee have also prepared a memorandum on the lay-out and construction of motorways, which will be issued at an early date. The Committee have had full regard to the preservation of the amenities of the countryside, and have made appropriate recommendations. I am glad to assure my hon. Friend that my Depart-672W ment are also in frequent consultation with the Ministry of Agriculture and with the Ministry of Town and Country Planning on all these matters.