§ Mr. Kilfedder
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will set up a work and feasibility study into the piping of gas to Northern Ireland from the Morecambe gasfield; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Adam Butler
I do not consider such a study would serve any useful purpose. A pipeline direct to Northern Ireland from a mainland terminal at Morecambe Bay would, because of the much greater length undersea, cost substantially more than one from Moffat in Scotland, an option which the Government have already fully examined and found not to be financially viable.