Danny Kennedy keen to begin work on A5 dual carriageway

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Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy said his department hoped to begin work on the A5 western transport corridor in April 2013 provided a legal challenge to the development was successfully resolved, on 21 January 2013.

Mr Kennedy said the department would robustly defend the legal challenge, which was due to come to the courts in February.

In reply to a question from Sinn Fein's Declan McAleer, the minister agreed that there was substantial proof that road improvements made an improvement in road safety.

Mr Kennedy also said he was "highly supportive" of the proposed A6 Dungiven by-pass.

Jonathan Craig of the DUP asked about revenues from parking enforcement notices issued in the Lagan Valley area.

The minister said figures were not available for individual constituencies, but the Northern Ireland figure for parking charges and penalty charge notices in 2011-12 was £4.6m.

Mr Kennedy said the cost of providing parking services ran at a deficit.

"It is not simply an attempt to cause nuisance and inconvenience," he added.

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland answered questions on a number of matters including the development of the Fort George former military base in Londonderry, heating in Housing Executive homes and welfare reform.

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