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

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Photo of Martin Smyth Martin Smyth , Belfast South 12:00 am, 22nd November 1990

To ask the Prime Minister when she will next visit Belfast, South.

Photo of Mrs Margaret Thatcher Mrs Margaret Thatcher The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party

I had a very successful visit to Northern Ireland on 16 November, but I have no plans to visit the hon. Gentleman's constituency in the immediate future.

Photo of Martin Smyth Martin Smyth , Belfast South

You will understand, Mr. Speaker, that Ulster Unionist Members will have empathy with the Prime Minister because we know what betrayal means. May I assure the Prime Minister that if she visits south Belfast she will discover among the majority of my constituents sympathy for her views on Europe? Having suffered from centralised bureaucracy, we do not wish to have Brussels bureaucracy.

Photo of Mrs Margaret Thatcher Mrs Margaret Thatcher The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party

I hope to visit the Province many times in the future, perhaps in a slightly different capacity, and I may then come to visit the hon. Gentleman's constituency. I believe that our policy on Europe appeals to most people in this country and I believe that it is right.