§ Mr. Mike O'Brien
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how long the inquiry into the Birmingham northern relief road has now lasted; and what is the average time taken for major road inquiries. 
§ Sir Paul Beresford
Since 21 June 1994, when it opened in Walsall. It is not possible to give an average time for major road inquires. Each is dependent on the complexity of the issues involved and the level of representations received.