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Volume 176: debated on Wednesday 18 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish details in the Official Report of the problems which have arisen on the unopened section of the M40 motorway between Gaydon and Banbury, whose financial responsibility the rectification of these problems will be; whether rectification of the problems will delay the opening of this particular section of the motorway; arid if he will make a statement.

We have identified a problem of heave in the lime stabilised capping layer at some location on the M40 Banbury IV contract under construction between Gaydon and Banbury. Investigations are being carried out into the cause and extent of the problem. Financial responsibility for any necessary remedial works will be for determination under the contract in the light of the ongoing investigations. Any remedial works which may be necessary are not expected to delay the opening, of the scheme.