Proposed Severn Bridge.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport. – in the House of Commons at on 13 July 1938.

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Photo of Mr Arthur Jenkins Mr Arthur Jenkins , Pontypool

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is now in a position to make a statement with regard to the construction of a bridge over the Severn river?

Photo of Mr Edward Burgin Mr Edward Burgin , Luton

I regret that I am not yet in a position to make a statement.

Photo of Mr Arthur Jenkins Mr Arthur Jenkins , Pontypool

As this matter has been under the consideration of the Government for a very long time, can the right hon. Gentleman indicate when people who are so much interested in this bridge, particularly in South Wales and the West of England, can expect a decision?

Photo of Mr David Quibell Mr David Quibell , Brigg

Has the right hon. Gentleman also under consideration the Humber Bridge?

Photo of Mr Edward Burgin Mr Edward Burgin , Luton

I am afraid I am not in a position to give a date on which I can make a statement on this matter. I appreciate the interest of the House in the proposal. It is one of three major bridge proposals which are being considered together. All I can say is that I will make the statement as soon as I am in a position to do so.

Photo of Mr Arthur Jenkins Mr Arthur Jenkins , Pontypool

Can the right hon. Gentleman indicate when we can expect this statement, or will he be prepared to receive another deputation from the local authorities interested?

Photo of Mr Edward Burgin Mr Edward Burgin , Luton

I do not wish to trouble the local authorities to send a further deputation if the matter is awaiting a decision. I will devote further attention to the matter in view of the hon. Gentleman's observations and see whether it is possible to expedite making a statement.

Photo of Mr Morgan Jones Mr Morgan Jones , Caerphilly

Can we have a statement before the House rises for the Recess?

Photo of Mr Edward Burgin Mr Edward Burgin , Luton

I will endeavour to make some statement between now and then.

Photo of Mr Robert Gibson Mr Robert Gibson , Greenock

Will the statement embrace all three propositions, including the Forth Bridge?