§ 51. Mr. JOEL
asked the Minister of Transport to what extent he is now prepared to consider schemes for the improvement of canal bridges; whether he has issued any recent circular to local authorities with regard to this matter; and, if not, whether he proposes to do so in order to stimulate such work at an early date?
§ Lieut.-Colonel HEADLAM
I am sending my hon. Friend a copy of a circular letter which is now being issued to highway authorities regarding the grants which will be available for approved works of improvement of roads and bridges, etc., during the financial year 1933–34. The third paragraph of the letter deals with the reconstruction of weak bridges which are not vested in highway authorities, and explains the conditions under which the Minister is prepared to consider applications for grants towards the reconstruction of road bridges over railways, canals, etc.