River Tay Road Bridge

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th July 1959.

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Photo of Mr George Thomson Mr George Thomson , Dundee East 12:00 am, 28th July 1959

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is now in a position to announce the inclusion of a road bridge over the River Tay at Dundee amongst forthcoming public works projects which are officially approved.

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

I regret that I cannot add to the reply given on 12th May to my hon. Friend the Member for Edinburgh, South (Mr. M. Clark Hutchison).

Photo of Mr George Thomson Mr George Thomson , Dundee East

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?

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

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.