§ Mr. Morris
asked the Minister of Transport how many inspectors' reports on public inquiries are now before him; and what is now the average length of time between an inquiry and the announcement of a decision.
§ Mr. Marples
I have twenty-six reports of inquiries and hearings under consideration in connection with highways schemes and proposals; acquisition of land under compulsory powers for highway purposes; road closure orders, and appeals against the decisions of Traffic Commissioners. Since 1st January, 1961, the average time between the holding of the inquiry and the announcement of my decision has been 10½ weeks.