§ Mr. M. Lindsay
asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what overall percentage of work on the sites has been completed for the ten major road works schemes the early completion of which was announced by the then Minister of Transport on 8th December, 1953.
§ Mr. Boyd-Carpenter
In his statement of 8th December, 1953, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Colonies announced the proposed authorisation in 1954–55. His statement did not deal with dates as my hon. Friend suggests. He made it clear that the need for preparatory work and land acquisition 85W for such schemes would limit the actual physical work in the first two years.
Constructional work is now in progress on three of the schemes, as follows:
Cromwell Road extension
Construction has begun on the section for which the London County Council is responsible.
Stafford-Stoke Road (A.34)—Provision of three lengths of dual carriageway
Work is 85 per cent. completed.
Loughton (Bucks) By-pass (A.5)
About 25 per cent. of the work has been done.
As I told my hon. Friend on 2nd March, preparatory work and/or land acquisition are proceeding on all the remaining schemes.