§ 49. Dr. Broughton
asked the Minister of Transport if he can yet state when he expects the motorway, M.1, to be completed as far north as Doncaster.
§ 80. Mr. Janner
asked the Minister of Transport what progress he has made in his discussions on the draft scheme with regard to the Leicestershire portion of the London-Yorkshire motorway; when he expects the remaining statutory processes to be completed; and on what date he now expects construction to begin.
§ Mr. Marples
It is too early to give dates for the start or completion of the Crick-Doncaster section of the London-Yorkshire Motorway. The draft scheme for this section was published on 8th January last, and the 143W objection period expired on 8th April. As I told the hon. Member for Leicester, North-West (Mr. Janner) on 20th June, the objections to the draft scheme are being considered. We hope to come to a decision on them shortly.
The next stages would be the publication of the Side Road and Compulsory Purchase Orders. Objections could be lodged and I therefore cannot at this stage say how long it would take to decide them. The starting date for construction would also depend on the availability of funds.
§ 90. Mr. A. Roberts
asked the Minister of Transport if he is yet in a position to announce the official starting date of the Birmingham-Yorkshire section of the London-Yorkshire motorway; and whether it will be given before or after a full report is to hand on the investigations being carried out at present by his Department, and others, on the shadow hazards of the completed section of the motorway.
§ Mr. Marples
For the reasons I have already given in reply to the hon. Members for Batley and Morley (Dr. Broughton) and Leicester, North-West (Mr. Janner), it is too early to forecast a starting, date for this section of the motorway. I expect an early report about the shadows under the bridges on the London-Birmingham section. There is no evidence so far that the construction of the bridges is at fault.