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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 October 2005, 11:05 GMT 12:05 UK
Wales@Westminster newslog

It's Wales@Westminster weblog, BBC Wales' Parliamentary correspondent David Cornock's diary on political life.

Tuesday 18 October

The Hollywood star and the Transport Bill debate

posted by David | 1204 BST |

A little stardust was sprinkled into the otherwise less than enthralling remaining stages of the Transport (Wales) Bill last night.

If Catherine Zeta-Jones was not too busy promoting her latest movie, her ears may have been burning during a debate on transport to Cardiff International Airport.

Take this contribution to Hansard from the Vale of Glamorgan Labour MP John Smith.

"You will be delighted to hear, Madam Deputy Speaker, that I have it on good authority that Catherine Zeta-Jones is going to be delighted.

"When flying into Cardiff to visit her home in Swansea, she has often complained that she cannot easily get from the airport on to the motorway. She has, in fact, been using the "Zeta Jones shortcuts"-down the Five Mile lane, cutting across through the country lanes to Pendoylan.

"The Welsh Assembly Government have proposed trunking the A4232, Five Mile lane, and the trunking of a short section of the A48 as an interim measure to try to tackle the problem of the congested existing road that feeds the airport."

This prompted the Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans to offer his sympathy: "I am devastated by the news that the hon. Gentleman has brought us about Catherine Zeta-Jones. Perhaps she could ask her husband to fund the project?"

Given Ms Zeta-Jones's own Oscar-winning career, the idea that she might need to borrow from hubby Michael Douglas seems a little far-fetched.



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