§ Mr. Peter Walker
asked the Minister of Transport if he will take steps to ensure that national amenity societies are consulted prior to the publication of major road and motorway routes.
§ Mr. Mulley
No. In formulating trunk road proposals for publication in draft form, I receive expert advice on the amenity aspects from my Landscape Advisory Committee, some of whose members are nominated by national amenity bodies, and from the local planning authorities concerned. But no final decision is taken on the published proposals until all concerned, including amenity societies, have had an opportunity to express their views, if necessary at a public inquiry before an independent inspector, and those views have been fully considered.