Ministerial Visit (Kent)

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th March 1997.

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Photo of Mr Bob Dunn Mr Bob Dunn , Dartford 12:00 am, 13th March 1997

To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to visit north-west Kent. [18549]

Photo of Mr John Major Mr John Major , Huntingdon

I have, at present, no plans to do so.

Photo of Mr Bob Dunn Mr Bob Dunn , Dartford

Is the Prime Minister aware that the people of north-west Kent are glad to be part of an independent nation state and to play their part in our dynamic enterprise economy? They want nothing to do with those who spend their time selling Britain out or who would like to spend their time selling Britain short.

Photo of Mr John Major Mr John Major , Huntingdon

I agree with my hon. Friend that the people of north-west Kent are glad to be part of an independent nation state. I agree that they and the rest of the United Kingdom have benefited enormously from the economic improvements of the past few years. They, like everyone else, enjoy the benefits of much lower inflation than we have had for many years, the lowest mortgage rate for 30 years and the lowest unemployment rate of any major European country. We intend to continue to pursue the policies that will ensure that they can continue to enjoy those things for many years to come.