HC Deb 07 November 1934 vol 293 cc1029-30
49. Mr. L. SMITH

asked the Minister of Transport whether, in view of the fact that the receipts for tolls at the new Mersey Tunnel have greatly exceeded expectations, he is now in a position to give more favourable consideration to the scheme for the new modern bridge over the Humber, which would similarly be paid for in part out of the taking of tolls?


The responsible local authorities have so far not succeeded in obtaining Parliamentary powers to construct a bridge over the Humber; and it is for them to consider in the first instance whether they would wish to make new proposals based in part on the collection of tolls.


Seeing that the great enterprise of the tunnel under the Mersey appears to have turned out most satisfactorily, will the hon. Gentleman give his further assistance to the Humber bridge scheme should the responsible local authorities again approach him?


Yes. Any proposal made to me will have the most sympathetic consideration.