HC Deb 29 March 1979 vol 965 cc343-4W
Mr. Arthur Jones

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if, in his considerations regarding the preferred routes for the M1-A1 link road, he has had regard to the area of agricultural land involved, its quality, the division of existing holdings and the loss of food production in perpetuity; and what criticisms his proposals have received from agricultural interests.

Mr. Horam

Before announcing the decision on 15 March last to confirm the choice of the green corridor for the M1-A1 link road, I certainly took account of the agricultural implications. The area and quality of agricultural land likely to be affected and the severance effects are all factors which will influence the final choice of route within this corridor. No criticism has been received from agricultural interests since the announcement was made.