§ Dr. Godman
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to his document "Local Government Reform, Shaping the Trunk Road Network: The Government's Response", if he will make a statement on the trunking of three-mile non-trunk section of the A78 south of Greenock town centre. 
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
[holding answer 9 May 1995]: One of the criteria for establishing the new trunk road network was to provide the road user with a coherent and continuous system of routes which serve destinations of importance to industry, commerce, agriculture and tourism. Taking into account responses to the published draft proposals and the commercial role performed by the A78, the Government concluded that the A78 should remain part of the new trunk road network and to ensure continuity of this route decided the section of the A78 south of Greenock town centre, which is presently a local road, should be trunked.
A statutory instrument for negative resolution will be prepared and laid before Parliament to give effect to trunking and detrunking proposals across the existing Scottish road network and will include provision to trunk this section of the A78.