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Confidential Road Studies

Volume 168: debated on Wednesday 28 February 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in what circumstances county councils carry out confidential road studies for his Department on trunk roads; how prevalent this practice is; what access elected councillors of the relevant authorities have to such studies; and if he will make a statement.

Agent county councils normally undertake scheme investigation studies for trunk roads, but exceptionally private consultants may be commissioned where a study is large or complex.Studies are "confidential" only in that full findings are not made public, but if either a national or regional scheme results the statutory consultation procedures apply.