Red Routes

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23rd November 1992.

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Photo of Mr Steven Norris Mr Steven Norris , Epping Forest 12:00 am, 23rd November 1992

As one who has spent all his life in small business—I did not intend it that way; it just turned out that way—I take very seriously indeed the idea that businesses might have been adversely affected by the introduction of the priority routes. I have examined with the greatest care all the evidence that has been submitted to me in an effort to demonstrate that proposition. There is not the slightest evidence that priority routes have had any impact on businesses in the priority route areas. [HON. MEMBERS: "Nonsense."] I hear Opposition Members, from a sedentary position, claim otherwise. They are of a particular mind about red routes, but there is no evidence whatever for the proposition that they advance.