HC Deb 15 December 1937 vol 330 c1165
63. Mr. de Rothschild

asked the Minister of Transport whether he has yet come to any decision with regard to the proposed transfer of the Sutton Gault bridges from the Ouse Catchment Board to the Isle of Ely County Council; and whether he is yet in a position to make any order with respect thereto?

Mr. Burgin

I have already announced my decision to accede to the application of the catchment board for an order transferring the bridges to the county council, but I am not yet in a position to make the order. No avoidable delay will occur.

Mr. de Rothschild

Is the Minister aware that it is many months since the public inquiry was held in this matter; and does he not realise that the county council cannot undertake the necessary work to put these bridges into condition until the Order is made, and that at the present time a lot of heavy transport is going over these bridges which is very dangerous?

Mr. Burgin

I am waiting for the county council in the matter. They tell me that in consultation with the Board they have almost completed the preparation of a scheme, which they hope to submit to my Department before Christmas.

Mr. Leach

Is there not an error in this question, as the Ouse Catchment Board is in Yorkshire? Should it not be the Great Ouse?