§ Mr. Higgins
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment on what criteria decisions are being made to acquire private properties near the Offington Corner roundabout on the A27; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Marks
My right hon. Friend is prepared to consider the purchase of properties falling within any of the routes put forward in the public participation exercise for the A27 through Worthing and Lancing where an owner needs to sell his property quickly and is unable to do so because of the proposals, and serious financial hardship would be caused to him if the Department did not buy.