Bridge Schemes.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport. – in the House of Commons on 27th July 1938.

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Photo of Mr David Quibell Mr David Quibell , Brigg

asked the Minister of Transport whether, in view of the recession in the iron and steel trade, he will now give his approval to the authorities concerned in the promotion of the Humber bridge to proceed with the preliminary work and negotiations necessary for such a scheme; and will he take steps to ensure that the expenses incurred in such promotion shall rank for grant?

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

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is now able to announce his decision with regard to the Forth road-bridge?

Photo of Mr Thomas Kennedy Mr Thomas Kennedy , Kirkcaldy District of Burghs

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is now in a position to announce his intentions regarding the proposed Forth road-bridge?

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

The Government have reviewed the position regarding these three schemes for the construction of bridges over the tidal estuaries and regret that in view of the need for concentrating the financial resources of the country upon its most urgent requirements, and particularly upon defensive rearmament, they are unable, in the present circumstances, to offer contributions towards the cost of these bridges.

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

Does the right hon. Gentleman realise the great disappointment which his answer will cause not only in Scotland and the other places affected, but in the steel trade where there are large numbers of people out of work, and that his answer will mean that the Government will have to make further contributions in unemployment pay?

Photo of Dame Florence Horsbrugh Dame Florence Horsbrugh , Dundee

Will my right hon. Friend also bear in mind that people in Scotland are anxious that the rearmament programme should go on?

Photo of Sir Louis Smith Sir Louis Smith , Sheffield, Hallam

Having regard to the considerable industrial development of North Lincolnshire, and to the fact that the local authorities in that district are prepared to find the major proportion of the cost of the Humber Bridge, will my right hon. Friend give this matter further consideration, especially having regard to the inadequate facilities over the Humber?

Photo of Colonel James Baldwin-Webb Colonel James Baldwin-Webb , The Wrekin

Will my right hon. Friend also bear in mind that there are other claims in the country and that other roads require equal treatment?

Photo of Mr George Mathers Mr George Mathers , Linlithgowshire

When will this matter be reviewed?

Photo of Mr David Quibell Mr David Quibell , Brigg

In view of the unsatisfactory answer, I propose to raise the matter on the Adjournment.