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Volume 973: debated on Wednesday 14 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales which road projects have been moved back in the road preparation pool as a result of the £10·7 million reduction in public expenditure for the year 1980–81, as announced by the Minister on 1 November.

It is not possible to relate changes in public expenditure in 1980–81 to individual schemes in the Department's preparation pool, since they are at an early stage of design. I expect the reductions to fall mainly on smaller schemes in the Department's firm programme, selected according to progress with statutory procedures and contractual arrangements. I hope that new starts will include Colcon phase I, the Hawarden bypass, the Carmarthen southern bypass, the widening of the M4 between Coldra and Caerleon interchanges and, among smaller schemes, the Pontyfenni diversion on the A40.