§ Mr. Hurd
asked the Secretary of State for Transport how many respondents, individuals and organisations, at the 1974 public consultation on the M40, Water-stock to Warwick, alternative routes, expressed the view that the proposed motorway was not necessary or was undesirable; and how many expressed the view that by-passes only should be constructed or an existing road improved.
§ Mr. Horam
Five of the 66 local authorities and six of the 112 organisations consulted questioned the need for a motorway. Of these, four stated a preference for the improvement of existing roads. 2,938 completed questionnaires and 305 letters were received from the public. 17 of the letters expressed the view that the proposed motorway was not 307W needed and 28 that alternative solutions should be examined. In addition, two petitions were received, signed by 228 people, questioning the need for a motorway.