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Volume 929: debated on Monday 4 April 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what mileage of motorway is under construction in

the M74 for the years 1974, 1975 and 1976 are set out in the following table. It is not possible readily to give concise details of weather conditions in relation to individual accidents but, as a general guide, the information is also shown for each quarter.

Scotland; and what starts will be made on motorway projects in each year to 1982.

Eight miles of motorway are under construction. A start should be made in April on a scheme of about one mile, tenders have been received for a further scheme of just over five miles, and I expect that a further scheme of about 4½ miles will start towards the end of the year. In view of the need to control public expenditure the programme is being kept under review. It is, therefore, not possible to allocate starting dates to other motorway schemes at present.