§ Sir David Mitchell
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the side road orders required before work can start on the remaining section of the A34 in Hampshire and the Newbury bypass to be completed; and whether he will make a statement on progress on the A34 improvements.
§ Mr. Chope
Supplementary side road orders and a compulsory purchase order for the Newbury bypass were published in draft last October. In the light of objections received, it has been decided that a public inquiry should be held. Details of the arrangements for the inquiry will be issued as soon as possible. Further progress will depend on completion of the statutory procedures.