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Volume 894: debated on Thursday 26 June 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when he proposes to announce the preferred route for the M40 extension; and what is the present timetable for beginning and for completing the project.

I hope to announce the preferred route later in the year. It is too early to give any clear indication of the likely start of construction, but, subject to the satisfactory completion of the statutory procedures and the availability of funds, it is hoped to start the works about 1980 and complete them about three years later.