Oral Answers to Questions — Severn Bridge

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th November 1944.

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Photo of Sir Charles Edwards Sir Charles Edwards , Bedwellty 12:00 am, 15th November 1944

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether the site for the proposed Severn Bridge has been definitely decided upon; whether the plan is prepared or in course of preparation; whether the material has been decided upon of which it is to be built; and, generally, what is the position at present.

Photo of Mr Philip Noel-Baker Mr Philip Noel-Baker , Derby

It is proposed that the crossing of the Severn should be made from Beachley to Aust. There are certain difficulties in the making of a bridge, which have not yet been overcome; my Noble Friend is therefore considering a scheme for a tunnel. As soon as a final decision on this point has been made, the preparation of detailed plans will, I hope, be put in hand.

Photo of Mr Arthur Woodburn Mr Arthur Woodburn , Clackmannan and Eastern

Would the hon. Gentleman keep in mind that there are no difficulties of that kind arising about the Forth Bridge, and that he could get on with that immediately?

Photo of Mr Daniel Lipson Mr Daniel Lipson , Cheltenham

Will the whole expense of this bridge be borne by the Government?

Photo of Mr Philip Noel-Baker Mr Philip Noel-Baker , Derby

I should like notice of that question, but I think not the whole expense.