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Volume 403: debated on Monday 7 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what risks he has identified in (a) permanent removal and (b) variable removal of a hard shoulder on a motorway; [106894](2) what steps he will take to ensure the safety of motorists on motorways where there is a variable or permanent removal of the hard shoulder; and what estimate he has made of the likely cost. [106893]

I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 18 March 2003, Official Report, columns 618–19W to the hon. Member for Colchester (Bob Russell).