§ Mr. Whitehead
asked the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he is making for a full and informed debate on the regional highway traffic model; and if he will give a guarantee that all those who provided oral and written evidence to the Leitch Committee will be invited to take part in every stage of this full and informed debate.
§ Mr. Horam
Highway traffic modelling is a complex subject and we regard it328W as essential that there should be extensive opportunities for those with relevant knowledge and expertise to contribute to the debate on the Regional Highway Traffic Model. As a first step, a conference was held on 21st and 22nd June to which about 300 academics and others professionally concerned with the subject were invited. The Standing Advisory Committee on Trunk Road Assessment will be asked to advise. We shall then consider the arrangements for further consultation.