HC Deb 24 June 1981 vol 7 cc132-4W
Mr. Foster

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many local authority housing starts and completions there have been for each year since 1975 in (a) the United Kingdom as a whole, (b) the Northern region and (c) Bishop Auckland constituency.

Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg

Figures for individual constituencies are not collected. The annual figures for the United Kingdom and the Northern region for 1975 to 1977 are in "Housing and Construction Statistics, 1969–1979", and for 1978 to 1980 are as follows:

£2,400 million at November 1978 prices. Schemes on which work has been temporarily suspended represent a further £750 million. This is not a fixed and finite programme and it is bound to be revised and added to as it is reviewed each year. It is therefore rather academic to estimate when it might be completed based on the outturn for 1980–81, which was £320 million or the provision for 1981–82, which is £342 million, both at November 1979 prices.

Mr. Fitch

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list, for each trunk road scheme on which work is, or is about to be, suspended, which of the following stages have been reached: public consultation, announcement of preferred route, publication of draft orders, public inquiry, receipt of inspector's report, and making of orders.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

Table C of the 1980 roads White Paper, Cmnd 7908, listed schemes on which preparation work would be suspended at a suitable point. The majority of these have not reached public consultation. Those which have reached or passed that stage are in the following list. In some cases, work will continue to complete the current stage before the scheme is suspended.

Public Consultation.

  • A1 Barnsdale Bar Flyover.
  • A16 Louth bypass.
  • A27 Polegate — Pevensey.
  • A30 Honiton — Marsh.
  • A30 Honiton — Exeter.
  • A35 Tolpuddle/Puddletown.
  • A40 East of Witney — Cassington.
  • A40 North of Oxford Improvements.
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  • A46 Leicester Western Bypass.
  • A65 Addingham Bypass.
  • A449 Kidderminster Eastern Bypass.

Preferred Route Announced.

  • A4/A46 Batheaston — Swainswick Bypass.
  • A6 Stockport North/South Bypass.
  • A16 Spalding — Sutterton Improvements.
  • A27 Crossbush Diversion.
  • A35 Charmouth Bypass.
  • A35 Yellowham Hill — Troy Town.
  • A38 Stoketon Cross — Trerulefoot.
  • A59 Bickerstaffe — Bretherton.
  • A65 Rawlinshaw — Harden Bridge.
  • A66 Temple Sowerby — Whinfell House.
  • A66 Kirkby Thore — Crackenthorpe.
  • A303 Compton Pauncefoot — Ilchester.
  • A303 Broadway — Marsh.
  • A406 Golders Green Road.
  • A590 Dalton in Furness Bypass.
  • A590 Newby Bridge Improvements.
  • A696 Kenton — Ponteland.

Draft Orders Published.

  • A4 Salford Bypass (Line and Side Roads Orders).
  • A6 Great Glen Bypass (Line and Side Roads Orders).
  • A34 Clopton Bridge (Line Order).
  • A46 Newark Relief Road (Line and Side Roads Orders).

Public Inquiry Held and Inspector's Report Received.

  • M20 Maidstone — Ashford (Final part line order, rest made).
  • A6 Chapel-en-le-Frith + Whaley Bridge Bypass (All orders).
  • A590 High Newton Diversion (Line and Side Roads Orders).

Orders Made

  • A69 Scotby Road—Plains Road (Line and Side roads Orders).

Since the White Paper was published we have announced that A657 Shipley—Thackley—Leeds, A646 Mytholmroyd—Ludden Denfoot and A646 Todmorden Hebden Bridge have been withdrawn from the programme, and that a comprehensive improvement of the A36 corridor between Warminster and Bath cannot be justified.