§ Mr. Dan Jones
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the latest position of the proposed Bury easterly bypass; whether the starting date has been moved back in the road programme; and, in view of the significance of the road to North-East Lancashire, if he will receive as soon as convenient a deputation consisting of those hon. Members whose constituencies are affected.
§ Mr. Michael Heseltine
Draft proposals for the southern section of the bypass were published in July and, subject to completion of the statutory procedures, it is hoped that work will start in late 1972. The northern section is proceeding as quickly as possible but has not reached the stage at which a starting date can be set. There has been no postponement and it seems unnecessary at this stage to receive a deputation.