127428 - Bridges: Irish Sea (Answered)

Lady Hermon
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of building a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland; and if she will make a statement.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The UK Government recognises the importance of having modern and accessible infrastructure throughout the country as essential to our future growth and prosperity. Our Industrial Strategy, and the Transport Investment Strategy that builds on it, provide an important opportunity to consider our approach to infrastructure and ensure our investment meets the needs of a more dynamic and mobile economy in a country that works for everyone. That is why we have established the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) to advise us on investment. The NIC are in the process of producing a National Infrastructure Assessment, which will be published this year, containing recommendations for how our identified infrastructure needs and priorities should be addressed.