§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will take steps to avoid the closure of the A487 across the Cob at Porthmadog, during rebuilding of the retaining walls; and what arrangements he has made for the alternative routing of trunk road traffic during the rebuilding. 
§ Mr. Hain
The Department is presently in discussion with The Rebecca Trust concerning the condition of the retaining walls on either side of the cob at Porthmadog. Ownership of the walls above the A487 rests with the Trust. The Department's Agents, the North West Wales Trunk Road Agency, have been instructed to inspect the walls and consider possible strengthening schemes, which need to minimise traffic disruption. Some temporary closures may, however, be inevitable due to the narrowness of the A487 across the cob. Only on receipt of the strengthening proposals will the need for alternative routes be developed.