§ Mr. Whittingdale
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions when he expects the improvement scheme for the junction to the A12 at Hatfield Peverel to be carried out. 
§ Ms Glenda Jackson
[holding answer 26 October 1998]: I have asked the Chief Executive of the Highways Agency, Mr. Lawrie Haynes, to write to the hon. Member.
Letter from Peter Nutt to Mr. John Whittingdale, dated 27 October 1998:The Transport Minister, Glenda Jackson, has asked the Chief Executive to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about the A12 Hatfield Peverel Junction. I am replying in Lawrie Haynes' absence.At this early stage it is not possible to give you an indication of when work could start. We have just commissioned consultants to look at ways of improving the A12 between Hatfield Peverel and Witham Link Road, including the A12 Hatfield Peverel junction. That work will take about eighteen months to complete. Progress thereafter will depend on the outcome of any statutory procedures which might be necessary, we will take the proposals forward as quickly as practicable. I shall ensure that you are kept informed of developments.