86. Mrs. Butler
asked the Minister of Transport when he expects to be able to send a considered reply to the letter forwarded to him by Middlesex County Council on 8th March urging him to treat the question of major improvements on classified roads in the county as one of much greater urgency, having regard to the continued heavy increase in road traffic in Middlesex, and the many outstanding highway improvements needed to cope with the resultant problems of road safety and the free flow of traffic.
§ Mr. Marples
At my request, the Middlesex County Council forwarded on 8th March, with a covering letter, a list of classified road schemes it would wish to carry out over a four-year period. A reply was sent to them on 4th April, saying that these schemes would be considered together with those of other highway authorities, as a basis for the programme for future years. I will let the Middlesex County Council know as soon as possible what schemes I could consider for grant in the next few years.