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Forth Road Bridge

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th April 1957.

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Photo of Sir William Anstruther-Gray Sir William Anstruther-Gray , Berwickshire and East Lothian 12:00 am, 16th April 1957

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.

Photo of Hon. John Maclay Hon. John Maclay , Renfrewshire West

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.

Photo of Mr Arthur Woodburn Mr Arthur Woodburn , Clackmannan and East Stirlingshire

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?

Photo of Hon. John Maclay Hon. John Maclay , Renfrewshire West

I am quite certain that my hon. and gallant Friend is no "doubting Thomas," but merely enthusiastic.

Photo of Sir William Anstruther-Gray Sir William Anstruther-Gray , Berwickshire and East Lothian

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?