HC Deb 08 April 1930 vol 237 cc1942-3
34. Mr. HANNON

asked the Lord Privy Seal if he can make any statement on the alternative scheme prepared by the Great Western Railway Company for a new entrance lock at Swansea, following upon the rejection of the original Swansea dock scheme; if the promotion of a new Bill is necessary; and, if so, will he secure facilities to accelerate its passage through Parliament?


An alternative scheme for the new entrance lock at Swansea has been framed by the Great Western Railway Company which, it is anticipated, will avoid the previous difficulties. In connection with this scheme, it is considered appropriate to obtain powers, as some of the works to be carried out are below high-water mark, and the railway company are, therefore, promoting a late Bill. In pursuance of the powers conferred upon me, I have certified this Bill as a Bill containing provisions relating to works, the execution of which would substantially contribute to the early relief of unemployment.


Will the railway company in this particular case make an application for a guarantee under the Development Act?


So far as I am aware, the Committee upstairs found the Preamble of the Bill not proved on this head. I immediately took steps to call the parties together, to see if an amended scheme could be agreed upon. I am pleased to say that an amended scheme has been agreed upon, and there is reason to believe that it will not be opposed; and I have, therefore, certified the Bill.