§ 20. Mr. Simon Coombs
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is his assessment of the effect of the second Severn crossing on(a) industry and (b) tourism in Wales. 
§ Mr. Gwilym Jones
The second Severn crossing, which is due to open next year, is likely to have a beneficial effect on many aspects of life in Wales. A report by Pieda plc in 1992, based on a survey of businesses in south Wales and Avon, concluded that the crossing would have positive effect on local trading and commercial activity and stimulate investment opportunities in south Wales. The report added that the crossing is unlikely of itself to increase tourism activities in these regions. Copies of the executive summary of the report, entitled "The Economic Impact of the Second Severn Crossing", are in the Library of the House.