Mr. Bob Brown
Since the answer contains a number of figures, I will, with permission circulate it in the OFFICIL REPORT.
§ Mr. Emery
Will this allow for the major improvements on the coastal road and at the same time for the alleviation of the extreme traffic blockage which now occurs in the summer months at the west end of the Honiton by-pass by the Gittisham bridge, where four lanes have to come into two over a narrow and low bridge? This is a major improvement which is essential for the through flow of tourist traffic.
I am sure the hon. Member would not expect me to go into detailed schemes. I am sure also that he will be pleased to learn that in the coming year it is hoped to commit 19 times as much money to East Devon as in the current year.
Following is the information:Taking East Devon to be that part of the county lying east of a line Exeter-Tiverton-Bampton, the position regarding money from 967 my Ministry for trunk and principal road improvements is:1968–69:£49,000 worth of scheme have been or will be committed, representing 1 per cent. of planned commitments for the county as a whole.1969–70:It is hoped to commit £929,500 worth of schemes, representing approximately 27 per cent. of planned commitments for the whole country.1970–71 and 1971–72:Position for this period cannot be fully forecast at present, but it is hoped to commit £13 million for a length of M5 in East Devon.