§ Mr. Dempsey
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if, in view of the level of unemployment in Coatbridge and Airdrie he will now approve the plans for the extension of the dual carriageway south of Whifflet to the borough boundary of the A725 highway; and if he will give details of the estimated cost, starting and completion dates.
§ Mr. Gordon Campbell
I am ready to approve this scheme as soon as Coatbridge Town Council has completed its preparations, which include the statutory procedures necessary to stop-up certain side roads. The scheme is estimated to cost £320,000 and, from the start of work, should take about 18 months to complete.