I beg leave to present a petition on behalf of 19,976 residents and visitors to my constituency of Great Yarmouth and to the constituency of Mid-Norfolk, represented here tonight by my hon. Friend the Member for Mid-Norfolk (Mr. Ryder). I quote from the prayer:
Wherefore your petitioners pray that your honourable House acknowledges the urgent need to improve the A47 highway between Great Yarmouth and Acle, and asks the Secretary of State for Transport to include a dual carriageway scheme for this length of highway in the Government's roads programme at the earliest opportunity.
The tragic death yesterday of an 18-year-old constituent of my hon. Friend the Member for Waveney (Mr. Porter)—killed in a head-on crash with a family of four who were seriously injured and who are represented tonight by my hon. Friend the Member for Norwich, North (Mr. Thompson), who supports the petition — lends poignancy to the petition, because it is the sixth fatality on the eight-mile road between Acle and Great Yarmouth during the past three years, and the 40th personal injury accident since 1984.
The petition, which I wholeheartedly support, has been organised in recent weeks by Great Yarmouth borough council and is presented tonight in the furtherance of the economic, commercial and industrial development of Great Yarmouth as a holiday resort, a port and an area of above average unemployment.
To lie upon the Table.