§ 14. Dr. Whitehead
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on progress towards the establishment of the electricity interconnector. 
§ 22. Mr. Jim Cunningham
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress is being made towards the construction of the electricity interconnector. 
§ Mr. Ingram
Progress depends on the outcome of planning applications in Northern Ireland and Scotland. Northern Ireland Electricity plc submitted a second planning application for the Northern Ireland element of the project on 4 April 1997. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland hopes to announce his decision on the application for the Scotland element shortly.