§ Mr. Channon
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what criteria will be used to decide which major new road proposals of his Department will be subject to road planning conferences along the lines of that planned for Hereford in December;
(2) if road planning conferences along the lines of that planned for Hereford in December are planned to discuss all his Department's major new road proposals.
§ Mr. Key
The two conferences I have announced are trials of an innovative approach to trunk road planning. If they achieve their objective of establishing local consensus 523W on the right way forward with road proposals I plan to use them more widely. It is too early to set definitive selection criteria.