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London-Yorkshire Motorway

Volume 645: debated on Monday 2 October 1961

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asked the Minister of Transport whether he will now make a further statement on the progress made with regard to the construction of the Leicester portion of the London-Yorkshire motorway.

I have nothing to add at present to the Answer I gave to the hon. Member on 21st June.

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that his answer is shocking? Has he received a communication from the Leicester Chamber of Commerce asking him to deal with the matter at once because it is interfering with productivity, goods are not reaching the docks in time and, consequently large orders are being lost? Why does he not hurry up with the matter after seven years?

I am following the procedure laid down by Parliament, which is that when we publish a side road order we have to wait three months for objections. I can only do what Parliament has laid down.

In view of the wholly unsatisfactory reply, I propose to raise this matter again at an early date.