§ Mr. Sawford
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions when he plans to invite tenders for the construction of the A6 Rothwell/Desborough Bypass. 
§ Mr. Hill
The Highways Agency will shortly be appointing consultants to complete the final stages of preparation and then oversee the construction of the bypass. Subject to the satisfactory completion of statutory procedures, the Agency expects to invite tenders for the construction contract in Spring 2001.