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Volume 165: debated on Wednesday 17 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the total amount allocated for (a) major works and (b) minor works by the Department of the Environment's roads service to each of the district offices in each division of the Northern Ireland roads service in each year since 1985.

[holding answer 16 January 1990]: Allocations for major works and minor works are primarily made on a divisional basis as follows:investigations into the West Midlands serious crime squad. We will consider carefully whether anything emerges from this investigation which might cast doubt on the safety of the convictions of the Birmingham Six.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the investigations into the Birmingham Six to be concluded; and if he will make a statement.

My right hon. and learned Friend is considering very carefully the further material which has been presented to him by a solicitor on behalf of the Birmingham Six, and will decide as soon as possible whether it justifies any intervention on his part.