Motorways

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd November 1990.

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Photo of Mr Michael Stern Mr Michael Stern , Bristol North West 12:00 am, 22nd November 1990

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many miles of motorway are to be built in the next 10 years in the Province.

Photo of Mr Michael Stern Mr Michael Stern , Bristol North West

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that reply. Does he agree that the additional communications resulting from motorway construction are frequently an aid to keeping down terrorism? Will he look at his programme in that light?

Photo of Mr Richard Needham Mr Richard Needham , North Wiltshire

We shall look at the programme in the light of what is the best road system for Northern Ireland. We have a good system, but it is getting fairly elderly and will need to be looked at again to see whether funds can be found to uprate it.

Photo of Mr Roy Beggs Mr Roy Beggs , East Antrim

Yet another of my constituents has died as a result of an accident on the Larne-Belfast road. Will the Minister assure me that he recognises the importance of Larne harbour to the Northern Ireland economy, to those passengers who use that port for access to the mainland, and will he ensure that the Larne-Belfast route—[Interruption.]

Photo of Mr Bernard Weatherill Mr Bernard Weatherill , Croydon North East

Order. This is very unseemly indeed.

Photo of Mr Roy Beggs Mr Roy Beggs , East Antrim

Can the Minister give us an assurance that the Larne-Belfast route will have the highest priority and motorway status? At the risk of getting a bullish answer, may I ask the Minister to tell us whether he has had any feelings of remorse for the remarks attributed to him regarding the Prime Minister, in view of her dignified resignation?

Photo of Mr Richard Needham Mr Richard Needham , North Wiltshire

The hon. Gentleman is as aware of the importance of the Larne road as I am. If funds become available, we shall look at upgrading it. As to his second point, I am astonished that the hon. Gentleman should make use of a private call that was tapped by terrorists to make such a complaint.