HC Deb 09 April 1973 vol 854 cc912-3
7. Mr. Ellis

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he is satisfied with the infrastructure at Wrexham, in view of the proposed expenditure of £1.3 million to develop the Wrexham industrial estate.

Mr. Peter Thomas

A number of important infrastructure projects assisting industrial development in the Wrexham area are in progress or being planned. All will help to increase the attractiveness of the estate to industrialists.

Mr. Ellis

Is the right hon. and learned Gentleman aware that it is the unanimous and strongly held view among industrialists, trade unionists and local authorities in Wrexham that the biggest single factor influencing the success of the proposed new development would be adequate connections with the motorway system of Great Britain? Will he therefore consult the Secretary of State for the Environment with a view to getting adequate connections to the motorway network—say, near Nantwich?

Mr. Thomas

I am aware that there is anxiety in the Wrexham area about the communications system but, as the hon. Gentleman knows, a lot is being done. I am fully aware of the views being expressed. Work on the Wrexham bypass, at a cost of about £4 million, should be completed by the end of the year, and schemes to improve the A483 are being prepared. These works will provide better access to the motorways and trunk roads. Other schemes of improvement are being considered. It is important that everything possible should be done to make the expansion of the industrial estate at Wrexham a success.

Sir A. Meyer

In this matter, as in others, is not the hon. Member for Wrexham (Mr. Ellis) more likely to be right than the hon. Member for Newport (Mr. Roy Hughes)?

Mr. Thomas

Perhaps I can say that (he hon. Member for Wrexham (Mr. Ellis) always appears to me to express the anxieties of his constituents most fairly and most forcibly.