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HANSARD REPORT: LORDS DEBATE M25 PUBLIC INQUIRY

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In an oral answer to a question on the M25 public inquiry in the House of Lords yesterday, the Earl of Caithness, M...
In an oral answer to a question on the M25 public inquiry in the House of Lords yesterday, the Earl of Caithness, Minister of State for the Department of Transport, confirmed that an independent inspector would be appointed to the inquiry, Hansard reports (column 191, 13 October 1993).

In reply to Lord Allen of Abbeydale's question, the Earl said that the inspector would be appointed jointly by the Secretaries of State for Transport and for the Environment. Lord Allen had queried whether the inspector would be able to reject the plan to widen the M25 between junctions 12 and 15. He claimed that the Department of Transport was treating the issue as cut and dried and was already discussing compensation terms with some of those affected.

Other members, including Lord Stallard, Lord Mishcon and Lord Tordoff, pressed the Earl to answer the question as to whether the department was already discussing compensation. His reply was that the discussions on the proposal within the department were within the law.

Viscount Mountgarret and Lord Clinton-Davis attempted to widen the debate to the broader question of a review of national transport policy. This was rejected by the Earl, as being unrelated to the question on the order paper.
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