§ 46. Mr. P. Williams
asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether he will make a further statement on road developments in the North-East.
§ Mr. Lennox-Boyd
Yes. I was very glad to be able to visit the North-East area about 10 days ago, to hear an able statement of its road problems presented to me at a representative meeting of the local authorities in the area and to see for myself some of the roads in question in association with my hon. Friend the Member for Tynemouth (Miss Ward) and the hon. Member for Jarrow (Mr. Fernyhough). I have undertaken to give careful consideration to the claims of this important area to a larger share of the provision for road improvements and road maintenance, although, in the current financial year, I regret that I see no present prospect of augmenting the funds available to the area.