§ 29. Mr. HERBERT WILLIAMS
asked the Minister of Transport what progress is being made on the reconstruction of weak bridges?
§ The MINISTER of TRANSPORT (Mr. Hore-Belisha)
During the last two financial years schemes for the reconstruction of 129 bridges in private ownership were approved for grant. During the current financial year I have already been advised of schemes for the reconstruction of 242 other bridges, which are to be put in hand during the current financial year.
§ Mr. HENDERSON STEWART
Has the Minister any figures to show the total number of such bridges that need improvement and ought to be improved?
§ Mr. THORNE
Could not the right hon. Gentleman have done a good deal 348 more if it had not been for the Chancellor of the Exchequer "pinching" £5,000,000 from the Road Fund?
§ Mr. EVERARD
Will my right hon. Friend take into consideration the repairs necessary to railway canal bridges in country districts?
§ Mr. A. BEVAN
Do the schemes involve, not merely the reconstruction or reinforcement, but the widening of bridges?