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?
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?
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.
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?