In view of the fact that today's unemployment figures in Scotland are by far the heaviest in the United Kingdom, will not the right hon. Gentleman agree that this particular public works project is now long overdue? Can he tell us exactly what stage the preparatory work has reached?
My hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary went into considerable detail in this matter recently, and I cannot add to his reply today. As the hon. Gentleman knows, before the bridge could possibly be authorised a Provisional Order has to be made. Before that stage, a lot of exploratory work has to be done, and that is going on.