Oral Answers to Questions — Humberside

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th November 1970.

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Photo of Mr Kevin McNamara Mr Kevin McNamara , Kingston upon Hull North 12:00 am, 12th November 1970

asked the Prime Minister if he will now pay an official visit to Humberside.

Photo of Mr Reginald Maudling Mr Reginald Maudling , Barnet

I have been asked to reply.

My right hon. Friend has at present no plans to do so.

Photo of Mr Kevin McNamara Mr Kevin McNamara , Kingston upon Hull North

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that we very much regret that the Prime Minister will not be coming to Hull because we had hoped to get from him a firm statement of principle as to his Administration's attitude to the building of the Humber bridge? Is he aware that we were hoping that he would say that the present Government intend to keep to the timetable of the previous Government in this matter? Does he appreciate that these assurances are necessary, as is a statement about the cut in subsidies to fishing vessels because of the effect that this may have on safety at sea?

Photo of Mr Reginald Maudling Mr Reginald Maudling , Barnet

The future of the Humber bridge is being discussed with the Humber Bridge Board and local authorities. When the time is appropriate a statement will be made.

Photo of Mr James Johnson Mr James Johnson , Kingston upon Hull West

I thank the Prime Minister in absentia for his polite note about this matter. Can the Deputy Prime Minister say when his right hon. Friend last visited Hull? On that occasion did he come to see us as a Conservative Head Office propaganda exercise or did he visit the fish docks and building sites to discover what is happening in our city and how we need Government help?

Photo of Mr Reginald Maudling Mr Reginald Maudling , Barnet

The Government are well aware of the situation in Hull. I am afraid that the hon. Gentleman will have to table a Question on the subject of when my right hon. Friend last visited that city.

Photo of Mr Benjamin Ford Mr Benjamin Ford , Bradford North

Would the right hon. Gentleman urge his right hon. Friend to visit Bradford and listen to the complaints of the many organisations and people of every political complexion there who have reason to believe that there is a governmental conspiracy against the city?

Photo of Mr Reginald Maudling Mr Reginald Maudling , Barnet

Many cities in this country are anxious to receive a visit from my right hon. Friend. He cannot visit them all.

Photo of Mr Robert Adley Mr Robert Adley , Bristol North East

Is my right hon. Friend in a position to indicate what happened to the proposed Humber bridge which was promised by the right hon. Lady the Member for Blackburn (Mrs. Castle) just before the North Hull by-election in 1966?

Photo of Mr Reginald Maudling Mr Reginald Maudling , Barnet

I said that the question was under discussion with the local authorities and the Humber Bridge Board.