§ Mr. Kidney
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what reports he has received from the study group set up by his Department to examine ways of reducing traffic congestion on the M6 motorway between junctions 6 and 10; and what actions he proposes to take as a result. 
§ Ms Glenda Jackson
We have recently finished a consultation exercise with regional planning bodies on the programme of twenty six studies proposed in "A New Deal for Trunk Roads in England", and we will make an announcement on the final programme shortly. The West Midlands to North West Conurbation multi-modal study will examine options for reducing congestion on the M6 through modal shift. Work on the first tranche of studies will begin in the spring.