Clause 20

Part of UK Borders Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:00 pm on 15th March 2007.

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Photo of Iain Wright Iain Wright Labour, Hartlepool 2:00 pm, 15th March 2007

I was particularly interested during the morning sitting by the contributions of the hon. Member for Monmouth, particularly his comparisons with regard to Cardiff international airport and Newcastle international airport. It seemed that the crux of his argument was that smaller airports such as Newcastle would benefit from a single UK border force. As a north-east MP who is very proud of what has been going on with regard to the expansion of Newcastle and Durham Tees Valley airports, may I point out that Cardiff had2 million users in 2006 and Newcastle international airport had 5.45 million last year?

I think that that undermines the Conservatives’ argument on the matter. It shows the weakness of the intellectual argument, but also profound ignorance of the north-east region.