§ Mr. Nigel Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will exempt from the trunk road review the scheme to detrunk the A40 through Cheltenham; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Ms Glenda Jackson
The consultation exercise at present taking place as part of the trunk road review specifically invites views on the size and role of the network and whether some trunk roads should be transferred to local authorities or vice versa. In these circumstances I think that I would be premature to proceed with consideration of a specific proposal, such as detrunking the A40 through Cheltenham, before we have concluded the review.