§ 27. Lieut.-Colonel THOM
asked the Minister of Transport when the scheme for the construction of the Anniesland-Duntocher boulevard in Scotland was approved by the Ministry of Transport; whether, at the time of the approval of the scheme, the question of the construction of the necessary bridge across the canal at Drumchapel was considered, and if any agreement as to the liabilities in connection with the construction and maintenance of the bridge was concluded; who are the parties interested in the construction and maintenance of the bridge; at what date the construction of the road, apart from the bridge, was completed; what is the cause for the delay in the construction of the bridge; and if he can give any assurance that the bridge will be constructed in the near future?
§ Colonel ASHLEY
The scheme was approved in May, 1923, and prior to this, discussions had taken place regarding the construction of the bridge over the canal at Drumchapel, although no agreement 1443 had been reached as to the liability for construction and maintenance. The greater part of the road is now constructed and the delay in the construction of the bridge is due to the difficulties which have arisen in the course of the negotiations between the Glasgow Corporation and the London, Midland and Scottish Railway Company, which I cannot describe in detail within the limits of a Parliamentary answer.
§ Lieut.-Colonel THOM
Has the delay that has taken place in connection with the consideration of this scheme been experienced in the case of other road schemes throughout the country?
§ Mr. COUPER
Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware that the statement has been made within the last few days that arrangements have now been concluded with the railway company?