§ Mr. Wilson
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many representations he has received in support of construction of a three-towns bypass in the area of Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston; and if he will make a statement on the current status of this project.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
Within recent years the hon. Member and the hon. Member for Cunninghame, South (Mr. Donohoe) have made several representations in favour of a bypass for Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston. Support has also been expressed formally by five representative bodies and two individual correspondents.
The consulting engineer reviewing the alignment and standards for the new road is expected to report to my officials later this summer. Subject to a satisfactory proposal, the design and preparation of the preferred scheme will then be taken forward.