Road and Bridge Schemes.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport. – in the House of Commons at on 17 February 1932.

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Photo of Mr John Parkinson Mr John Parkinson , Wigan

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asked the Minister of Transport (1) whether the building of the Forth road-bridge is being proceeded with; and, if so, what is the estimated cost;

  1. (2) whether work is being proceeded with on the Dartford-Purfleet tunnel; and, if so, what is the estimated cost;
  2. (3) whether work on the Humber bridge is being proceeded with; and, if so, what is the estimated cost?

Photo of Sir Percy Pybus Sir Percy Pybus , Harwich

No work is proceeding on these schemes.

Photo of Sir James Millar Sir James Millar , Fife Eastern

Can my hon. Friend say when he expects to obtain the Treasury approval for the grant in respect of the Forth Bridge, and when the work will be proceeded with?

Photo of Sir Percy Pybus Sir Percy Pybus , Harwich

If the hon. and learned Gentleman means the Queensferry Bridge, the scheme has been suspended.

Photo of Sir James Millar Sir James Millar , Fife Eastern

My right hon. Friend has misunderstood me. May I ask, in reference to the Kincardine-on-Forth Bridge, whether Treasury approval has been received and whether the work is proceeding?

Photo of Sir Percy Pybus Sir Percy Pybus , Harwich

There is another question later on the Paper referring to this specific bridge.

Mr. WALLACE:

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asked the Minister of Transport if any decision has been reached regarding the proposed Kincardine-on-Forth bridge?

Photo of Sir Percy Pybus Sir Percy Pybus , Harwich

I am considering the tenders obtained by the local authorities but have not yet arrived at any decision.

Mr. WALLACE:

In view of the important nature of this scheme, will my hon. Friend consider, when decisions are made, the desirability of giving this particular undertaking priority?

Photo of Sir Percy Pybus Sir Percy Pybus , Harwich

I consider that the scheme is a good one, and I will see what can be done if funds are available.