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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Transport (Viscount Goschen): The Government have selected the Transport Research Foundation as the preferred purchaser for the final negotiations on the sale of the Transport Research Laboratory. The foundation includes members of TRL's existing management and is seeking to acquire TRL as a non-profit distributing company. Although the competing bid from the consortium of Pell Frischmann Consulting Engineers Limited, Mouchel Associates Limited, the Automobile Association and the Royal Automobile Club was strong, the foundation's bid was judged better to meet the objectives for the sale announced by my right honourable friend the then Secretary of State on 14 March 1995.
Viscount Goschen: The information requested is given below. An inspector's report on a public inquiry is published when my right honourable friends the Secretaries of State for the Environment and Transport announce their decision on the scheme in question. No inquiries have been held for the other schemes listed in Table 8.
|Inquiry held and report published|
|A.10||Wadesmill High Cross-Colliers End Bypass|
|A.23||Coulsdon Inner Relief Road|
|A.35||Chideock Morcombelake Bypass|
|A.449/A.456||Kidderminster, Blakedown and Hagley Bypass|
|Inquiry held, report not published|
|A.12||Wickham Market-Saxmundham Improvement|
|Inquiry held, report awaited|
|A.259||Dymchurch-M.20 J11 Improvement|
|A.259||St. Mary's Bay and Dymchurch Bypass|
|A.259||New Romney Bypass|
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Earl Howe): Although we regard the threat as being low, as part of sensible contingency planning all necessary measures are being taken to protect British troops, though it would not be appropriate to go into detail.
The Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Fraser of Carmyllie): All employees, regardless of length of service, have the right not to be unfairly dismissed or subjected to any other detriment for taking appropriate steps to protect themselves in the face of danger that they reasonably believe to be serious and imminent. An industrial tribunal would consider all the circumstances in deciding whether or not the complaint was covered by these provisions.
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