§ Lord Balniel
asked the Minister of Transport when she will make the draft order outlining the proposed route for improving the stretch of the A1 at Ayot, St. Lawrence, Welwyn; and whether, in view of the public concern which will, be felt locally at whatever route she selects, she will give an assurance that she will arrange for a local public inquiry to be held.
§ Mr. Swingler
The selection of a line through this particularly pleasant area needs the most careful consideration. My Tight hon. Friend is studying the alternatives submitted to her but, because of the conflicting factors involved, it is too early, to suggest a date for the publication of the draft Order.167W
She will decide whether or not a public inquiry should be held when she knows the weight and nature of objections to the selected line.