§ Mr. Tim Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is the status of the M4 junction 4B-8/9 widening scheme under the revised national roads programme; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Norris
The scheme is one of a number identified for review to establish whether smaller-scale proposals would meet the objectives. The proposals for new all-purpose trunk roads alongside the M4 put to public consultation will not be pursued. My right hon. Friend is asking the Highways Agency to consider a range of lower-level solutions, including traffic management, and to have early and extensive consultation with local authorities about options.