Ministerial Visits

Oral Answers to Questions — Duchy of Lancaster – in the House of Commons at 1:40 pm on 4 February 1998.

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Photo of Tony Blair Tony Blair Prime Minister

I have no immediate plans to visit the Wirral.

Photo of Stephen Hesford Stephen Hesford Labour, Wirral West

Perhaps I could tempt my right hon. Friend to come to Wirral, West. He will be aware that my constituency has the great good fortune to have been chosen as a pathfinder area under the Government's new deal scheme. Will he join me in wishing all those who are concerned with the delivery of the scheme every success? Hundreds of youngsters in my constituency will be assisted by the scheme and given hope and opportunity where none previously existed, particularly after 18 wasted years under the Conservative party.

Photo of Tony Blair Tony Blair Prime Minister

The pathfinder projects are going very well, and I pay tribute to the part that my hon. Friend and others have played in getting them under way in their constituencies. In Sheffield last week, I visited some people who are now going through the new deal gateway. Those young people, often for the first time in their lives, have real enthusiasm and commitment because they have the chance of a decent job or a decent skill. When we use their talent and ability, we help not only them but the entire country, which is why the programme is so important and right. It is a pity that it does not have the support of the Conservative Opposition.