HC Deb 02 December 1931 vol 260 cc1070-1

asked the Minister of Transport if his attention has been called to the fact that costs and expenses in connection with the promotion of the Humber Bridge Bill are still being incurred and that further additional outlay on a considerable scale will be necessary if the Measure is to be taken in its subsequent stages; and whether, in the circumstances, he can state definitely, for the general guidance of both the promoters and opposers of the Measure, if a grant out of public funds towards the further cost of promoting the Bill in the House of Lords is or is not to be made?

22. Captain CROOKSHANK

asked the Minister of Transport what ins the present position, so far as his Department is concerned, with regard to the Humber bridge?


I have discussed these matters with the promoters of the Bill who have informed me that they do not propose to ask the House to take this Bill before Easter and that it is their intention to give adequate notice to those opposing the Measure as to the date at which they may desire to proceed further. I appreciate my hon. and gallant Friend's desire that unnecessary expense to any of the parties should be avoided and the promoters' action appears reasonably to meet his point.


May I ask whether any money whatever will come out of public funds for the further promotion of this scheme?


I have just stated that the promoters of the Bill informed me yesterday by deputation that they do not propose to proceed with the Bill before Easter. That question, therefore, does not arise at the moment.