HC Deb 15 July 1970 vol 803 c1532
67. Dr. John Cunningham

asked the Minister of Transport if he will give priority to improving road communications in the Millom area of South-West Cumberland, in view of their importance to attract new industry to the town.

Mr. Michael Heseltine

No, Sir. We consider each case on its merits.

Dr. Cunningham

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that we have heard in previous debates of his Government's intention to approve the industrial infrastructure of areas like Millom? How does he think this can be achieved without major improvements in communications?

Mr. Heseltine

In the major debates we have made clear the importance we attach to infrastructure improvements. I very much doubt that there will be any actions that bring that policy into question.

Mr. Jopling

Is my hon. Friend aware that whilst the road communications with Millom could probably be very much improved by building the Barrow link road, there are very serious objections in the Morecambe Bay area? Will he agree to a public inquiry now that he has heard of these objections?

Mr. Heseltine

That does not quite come within the Question. I shall write to my hon. Friend about his point.