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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what will be the first sign visible to the public that the Forth road bridge is under construction; and when this sign will appear.
I am advised that the first work on the bridge itself will be the construction of the suspension chain anchorages and the piers and, as I said in reply to a supplementary question by the hon. Member for Fife, West (Mr. Hamilton) on 29th January, I hope that it will begin in the summer of 1958.
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this "doubting Thomas" attitude of a prominent supporter of the Government will create some alarm among the public? Is not this a case where some concrete evidence is really necessary?
Will my hon. Friend bear in mind that many people throughout Scotland are looking forward to giving the warmest welcome to this sign appearing, and that I was anxious that they should have every opportunity of being present to see it?