§ Mr. Andrew Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for a public inquiry into the north Oxfordshire tin hat scheme, the details of the Marston interchange and the A40 bypass north of Headington; and what consideration has been given to holding a joint inquiry into the schemes.
§ Mr. Kenneth Carlisle
The Marston interchange is part of the A40 north of Oxford scheme. Draft orders for this scheme are expected to be published under the Highways Act 1980 later this year, followed by those for the A40 Headington bypass. The need for, and timing of, public inquiries into the schemes will be decided in the light of objections received following publication of the respective orders.