asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when adequate car parking facilities will be provided in Portaferry, County Down; how many cars can be parked at the lough side in the town; and if he will make a statement.
The Northern Ireland Department of the Environment has been negotiating for some time with the owners of land to be used for the construction of two car parks in Portaferry, but because of legal difficulties no agreement has yet been reached. The Department is pressing for the negotiations to be concluded.Information on the number of cars which can be parked at the lough side in the town is not readily available. I shall write to the hon. Member.