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Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Traffic Delays (15 Jan 1990)

Mr Robert Atkins: While accurate estimates are not possible, road congestion clearly increases fuel consumption, which must be a wasteful use of resources.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Traffic Delays (15 Jan 1990)

Mr Robert Atkins: I defer to the hon. Gentleman's mathematical genius in doing such a calculation. As the hon. Member for Denton and Reddish (Mr. Bennett) said earlier, that demonstrates the need for improved, wider and, where necessary, new roads, which is part and parcel of the Government's policy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Traffic Delays (15 Jan 1990)

Mr Robert Atkins: My hon. Friend is a doughty supporter of the new requirements for the A1, and I give him credit for that. He will know that we are devoting much time, effort and commitment to improving the A1 and that we are giving much consideration to its conversion to a motorway between London and Newcastle. As he well knows, the problems involve several local people on either side of the A1, and they...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Traffic (London) (15 Jan 1990)

Mr Robert Atkins: Not yet, but any such comments received by 28 February will, of course, be considered carefully.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Traffic (London) (15 Jan 1990)

Mr Robert Atkins: My hon. Friend is right to suggest that the proceedings have gone on too long and that there should be early completion of the consultation. I am grateful to him for his kind remarks, but of course I should defer to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State in these matters.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Traffic (London) (15 Jan 1990)

Mr Robert Atkins: The hon. Gentleman is to raise the matter on the Adjournment later this week, and I look forward to debating it with him in detail then. He may or may not know that the Archway road saga and related developments have been going on since 1947, if not before. As someone who served on that local authority, I understand only too well the concerns about the Archway road. The hon. Gentleman's point...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Traffic (London) (15 Jan 1990)

Mr Robert Atkins: I know that that subject is dear to my hon. Friend's heart. He could possibly tempt me into making a long comment about it; suffice it to say that his views are well known and that we shall consider them carefully when we consider the question overall.

Opposition Policies (19 Jan 1990)

Mr Robert Atkins: The keeper of the Grail.

East London Assessment Study (19 Jan 1990)

Mr Robert Atkins: I congratulate the hon. Member for Islington, South and Finsbury (Mr. Smith) on raising this matter on the Adjournment with the style and ability by which we have come to recognise him. I understand the concerns that he has expressed. He may well already know, and if he does not the hon. Member for Islington, North (Mr. Corbyn) will tell him, that I know the area very well indeed. I was born...

East London Assessment Study (19 Jan 1990)

Mr Robert Atkins: It is only reasonable to accept that the Department of Transport commissioned the proposals. Indeed, we shall have to pay for them in due course, which will cost a substantial sum—

East London Assessment Study (19 Jan 1990)

Mr Robert Atkins: Quite right, the taxpayer. We commissioned the documents, but the proposals and discussions on them have been controversial, and doubtless will remain so. The fact remains that those are the consultants' proposals. Since I have been responsible for these matters with the Secretary of State, I have said that we shall listen closely to the consultations before making any decisions on what will...

East London Assessment Study (19 Jan 1990)

Mr Robert Atkins: May I finish the point? We received only the other day a list of groups in the hon. Gentleman's constituency—I presume that there must be groups in other parts of Islington—and we sent them copies of the report as soon as possible. We said throughout that we would send them only to properly constituted groups, and we took the advice of hon. Members about which groups were properly...

East London Assessment Study (19 Jan 1990)

Mr Robert Atkins: First, I am not the Minister of State. Secondly, I talk to him frequently. The reports were not received by my Department and so I could not send them out. However, we should gloss over this matter because there is no point in delaying the debate. I want to address some of the more fundamental issues. When we have received notification from London Members across the political spectrum we have...

East London Assessment Study (19 Jan 1990)

Mr Robert Atkins: It may be fine, but it is drawn from bitter experience. Haringey's blueprint is being advanced as a serious contribution to the debate. But it is no more or less than a mixture of old ideas, strung together with no facts to back them up. The figures quoted are fictional—I emphasise that word. For example, they ignore the aspirations of ordinary people to have independent means of...

East London Assessment Study (19 Jan 1990)

Mr Robert Atkins: I must correct the hon. Lady: I have no rancour about my days in Haringey. I enjoyed myself immensely and had many friends across the political divide. Regrettably, many of those friends on the controlling side in Haringey were thrown out by some of those who now run the council, and I do not have so many friends among the new council members. However, the council needs to get its act...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Humber Bridge (12 Feb 1990)

Mr Robert Atkins: The debt on the Humber bridge is about £342 million. We are working with the bridge board on financial projections that it will use to support its detailed case for Government assistance.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Humber Bridge (12 Feb 1990)

Mr Robert Atkins: We are waiting for several things, and we hope to be able to make a decision in the not-too-distant future. However, my hon. Friend has been a champion of the need to resolve concern about the bridge, and he will be aware that we shall do what we can as quickly as we can, but he will have to wait a little longer yet.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Humber Bridge (12 Feb 1990)

Mr Robert Atkins: As I think everyone is aware, the Humber bridge was build by Barbara Castle to ensure a by-election victory for a Labour candidate in Hull. Typically, therefore, it was not costed properly and it will never make money. Therefore, the taxpayer may have to foot some of the Bill. That is not the sort of argument to which I am prepared to be party.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Humber Bridge (12 Feb 1990)

Mr Robert Atkins: My hon. Friend, as always, champions the cause of greater and better infrastructure for his constituency and for his constituents, in a manner to which we have become accustomed. He will know that the east coast motorway is being considered by a private consortium at the moment and we shall be interested to learn the results of that investigation. My hon. Friend would do well to press his...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Traffic Area Office, Cardiff (12 Feb 1990)

Mr Robert Atkins: The importance of the Principality is such that I can confirm that I am retaining the traffic area office in Cardiff.


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