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Volume 978: debated on Tuesday 12 February 1980

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asked the Minister of Transport when he is likely to reach a decision, as a result of the inspector's report presented to him, on the subject of the M3 Winchester connection.

The public inquiry into proposals for the Popham to Compton section of the M3 was long and complex and contentious issues were raised. A decision will be announced as soon as my right hon. Friends the Secretary of State for the Environment and the Minister of Transport have considered all objections and representations, together with the inspector's comments and recommendations.