HC Deb 30 September 1931 vol 257 cc352-3
22. Mr. MILLS

asked the Minister of Transport if he can now state the decision regarding the proposed Dartford-Purfleet tunnel; and whether, if alterna- tive suggestions are to be considered, he will consider a high-level bridge, such as the Tyne or Forth Bridge?


As I explained in the course of the Debate on the Economy Bill on the 28th September, it has been decided, after consultation with representatives of the county councils of Essex and Kent, to postpone the construction of the Lower Thames Tunnel. I hope, however, to arrange with these local authorities for all necessary measures to be taken for safeguarding the line of the tunnel and its approaches. No question arises of considering alternative suggestions.


Is this an indication of a slowing-down policy, with regard to necessary works?


Is the hon. Gentleman aware that this tunnel was agreed to in 1924—seven years ago?