HC Deb 02 August 1939 vol 350 cc2363-4
42. Mr. Mathers

asked the Minister of Transport whether, during his visits to Scotland in the autumn, he will take steps to inform himself of the details relating to the proposed Forth road-bridge by visiting the site and by consulting with those who have interested themselves in the project?

Captain Wallace

I am not yet in a position to decide what parts of Scotland I shall be able to visit during the Recess and I cannot undertake at present to include any particular locality in any tour that I may find it possible to make. I have, however, been made well aware of the views of those who have interested themselves in the project for a road bridge over the Forth. As I indicated in my replies to recent questions by the hon. Members for Kirkcaldy (Mr. Kennedy) and Dunfermline (Mr. Watson), the Government are unable at present to offer any contribution towards the construction of a bridge in view of the other calls upon the national resources.

Mr. Mathers

May I ask the right hon. and gallant Gentleman whether he is taking definite steps to secure a census of traffic at this crossing during the coming week-end?

Captain Wallace

I think it was the hon. Member who asked me about that a fortnight ago, and he will be glad to know that I have arranged for observers to be there during this week-end.

Mr. Gallacher

Will the right hon. and gallant Gentleman travel from Edinburgh into Fife by road, and see for himself what a road bridge across the Forth would mean?