HC Deb 17 May 1972 vol 837 c517
25. Mr. Pavitt

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is the latest estimate for the date on which the Neasden underpass will be opened.

Mr. Speed

In the spring of 1973.

Mr. Pavitt

In spite of the sins of the Department in so many quarters, I should like to convey the thanks of my constituents to the Minister's Department for the way in which it has expedited the silencing of a tremendous amount of noise caused by the building of the Neasden underpass. The underpass might be completed earlier if the new pile-driver, which is most successful, were provided with a full supply of piles to drive. Has the Minister yet received the costs of the public relations effort of the London Borough of Brent, so ably conducted on his behalf, and when may the borough expect to receive his cheque in settlement.

Mr. Speed

I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for his earlier remarks but I would rather not comment on the last part of his supplementary question.