Rivers Forth and Tay (Ferries).

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport. – in the House of Commons on 18th November 1936.

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Photo of Captain Archibald Ramsay Captain Archibald Ramsay , Peebles and Southern

asked the Minister of Transport whether any plans for establishing efficient 10-minute ferry services across the Forth and Tay have been submitted to him; and how the costs compare with the figures for building road bridges?

Photo of Captain Archibald Ramsay Captain Archibald Ramsay , Peebles and Southern

In view of the fact that the cost of these road bridges is prohibitive and that ten minutes' efficient ferry services would only cost a moderate amount and would be adequate to the traffic they would have to carry, and also would probably give more local employment than a road bridge scheme, will the right hon. Gentleman have this matter looked into in order to make this most important piece of the trunk road systems of this country effective?

Photo of Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha , Plymouth, Devonport

Certainly. The suggestion of the hon. and gallant Member is well worth consideration, and if he can use his influence locally so that a, scheme is put before me it will have my attention.

Photo of Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence , Edinburgh East

Does the right hon. Gentleman accept the suggestion that the cost of road bridges is prohibitive? Is it not for him to say that at the moment it is not?

Photo of Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha , Plymouth, Devonport

I did not accept any hypothesis; I was dealing with the question.

Photo of Mr George Mathers Mr George Mathers , Linlithgowshire

May I ask whether the right hon. Gentleman is allowing himself to be tempted to substitute the ownership of a ferry service for the building of a proper bridge?

Photo of Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha , Plymouth, Devonport

No, Sir, but sudden temptations are very hard to resist.

Photo of Captain Archibald Ramsay Captain Archibald Ramsay , Peebles and Southern

Has not this principle already been agreed to in the answer to Question 43 in the case of South Shields?