§ 56. Mr. Mulley
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when he expects to announce his decision on the studies for a Sheffield-Manchester motorway, presented to his Department in March, 1970; and if he will give urgent 125W consideration to the inclusion of this route in the Preparation Pool.
§ Mr. Spence
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) when he expects to be in a position to respond to the Sheffield to Manchester motorway feasibility study; and what is the time he estimates will elapse between his response and the commencement of construction work;
(2) if he will undertake to study and implement the means whereby the various stages preparatory to the construction contract stage of the Sheffield to Manchester motorway can be expedited.
§ Mr. Graham Page
I am still considering the results of the feasibility study. I hope to be able to announce our intentions before the end of the year. Once a scheme is included in the trunk road preparation pool, it is prepared as quickly as possible to the stage where it is ready to be considered as a candidate for the firm programme.