§ Mrs. May
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions when he expects to be able to announce his decision on the funding of noise amelioration measures on the A404(M) following the recommendation of the independent report commissioned by the Highways Agency. 
§ Ms Glenda Jackson
In our White Paper "A New Deal For Trunk Roads" we announced that we intended to set aside budget for the purpose of providing noise mitigation measures for some of the most serious and pressing cases along existing roads. We also said that we would make a separate announcement regarding the criteria to be used. These criteria are still being finalised and we will make a statement setting them down as soon as we can. It is important that the selection criteria we choose are as fair as possible. Decisions on individual cases such as the A404(M) must wait until those criteria are published.