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M6-M61

Volume 975: debated on Wednesday 5 December 1979

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asked the Minister of Transport when he expects further developments to take place on the M6-M61 to Whitebirk section of the Calder Valley route;and if he will make a statement.

We are working towards the publication of statutory proposals. I cannot yet say when they will be ready.

Does the Minister realise that all we are asking for after 11 years is that at least the line of route should be decided, or, if that is asking too much, that there should be an inquiry into the line of route? Neither option costs very much. Will he get on with it?

A preferred route was chosen in 1977, as my hon. and learned Friend knows, and we are studying that because there is a prospect of attractive modifications. The next stage will be to publish statutory proposals giving details of the engineering implications of the route. After that there will be opportunity for objections and a public inquiry.