HC Deb 19 May 1924 vol 173 cc1816-7
29. Viscount CURZON

asked the Prime Minister whether, before any allocation of public funds is made for any purpose in connection with the construction of a bridge at St. Paul's over the Thames, he will undertake that an opportunity shall be afforded to the House of Commons for discussion of the proposal?


A grant of £866,000 from the Road Fund has been offered towards the construction of approaches to the proposed St. Paul's Bridge, the necessary legislation for the construction of which was passed by Parliament as far back as 1911. The Government are, however, prepared to submit the question to the Advisory Committee which it is proposed to set up under the London Traffic Bill.

Viscount CURZON

Can we have an assurance that this money will not be spent before Parliament has "had an opportunity of discussing the matter, in view of the very debatable point as to the necessity, or otherwise, of this bridge?


Is the right hon Gentleman aware that quite a new-state of affairs has occurred, by reason of the threatened collapse of Waterloo Bridge, since the Ministry of Transport arranged to pay this sum in connection with St. Paul's Bridge? Is it not desirable that the Government should get into immediate touch with the Corporation of London on the matter?


I understand that the new circumstances are taken into account, and that the matter is in course of handling.