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Kingskerswell Bypass

Volume 461: debated on Wednesday 6 June 2007

I have a petition from residents of the villages of Kingskerswell, Aller and Edginswell, who are objecting to the proposal for a bypass around their village. I do not agree with their conclusions, as I am in favour of the bypass. However, it is important that the Government take note of the petition that they wish to be laid before the House. I therefore support the petition, in so far as it should be laid and discussed.

The petition states:

The Humble Petition of the residents of Kingskerswell, Aller and Edginswell, Devon object to the scheme because it would be highly damaging to the precious countryside and environment in the county of Devon. It should not be built because the costs involved are excessive and there are alternatives to relieving congestion on the A380.

And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

To lie upon the Table.

Order. I declared the second Division to be off, but I note that the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland (Dr. Kumar) is not present to introduce his Adjournment debate.

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I know that there are always difficulties in the Lobbies, but it seemed to me that one of the problems was that we were continuing with the Division because the Clerks could not hear and had not been informed of what was happening. We could not hear ourselves. It took a little time, and one or two of us were unaware of the fact that you had called off the Division. I understand the problems, but I hope that in future a way of dealing with them will be found.