§ Mr. Peter Bruinvels
asked the Secretary of State for Transport why he gave approval to the A46–A47 link road in east Leicester; what representations he received against the scheme; and if he will provide a breakdown by party.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
[pursuant to the reply, 14 January 1987, c. 193.]: The second paragraph of the above answer was misleading. The answer should read as follows.
The A46–A47 link road is the responsibility of Leicestershire county council, the highway authority. The scheme was accepted for transport supplementary grant in the 1985–86 financial year in recognition of its more than local traffic importance. The grant enables county councils to plan and finance major schemes. Acceptance for grant does not imply any views on the detailed aspects of any statutory orders which may still be necessary for the scheme.
The link road was included in the county structure plan approved in 1980. It was not affected by the alterations to the plan which are now passing through the statutory processes.
This Department does not have a record of all the objections that may have been made to the county council.