§ Mr. Barry Jones
asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will give details of the proposed A7 link off the A55 road so far as it affects Broughton, Bretton and Saltney; what is the cost of the proposed project; when it is proposed to start work; at what location; and if he will make a statement.296W
§ Mr. Peter Thomas
I assume the hon. Member has in mind the scheme being prepared jointly by the Department of the Environment and the Welsh Office to provide a southern by-pass of Chester. It is hoped that proposals, in the form of draft Orders, will be published early next year. Subject to completion of the statutory procedures and the availability of funds, work on the scheme, which is estimated to cost approximately £6 million, should begin about the middle of 1973.