HC Deb 07 April 1952 vol 498 c2273
38. Mr. G. Jeger

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is now able to authorise the building of the footbridge leading to the new school at Goole, about which the hon. Member for Goole wrote to him on 10th March.

Mr. Maclay

I regret that, owing to the shortage of steel, I cannot authorise the use of the full amount required by the present design of this bridge. I hope that an alternative design can be adopted which requires less steel.

Mr. Jeger

Is the Minister aware that this scheme requires only 56 tons of steel, and that the project was authorised in September; and that the delays which have been occasioned by this suggested alteration would make the school, which is due to open in the autumn, inoperative, because it is due to serve a housing estate which is separated from the school by the railway line? Will the Minister look into this most unsatisfactory position?

Mr. Maclay

I will certainly examine what the hon. Gentleman has said, but I understand that a satisfactory design can be produced which will use very much less steel than 56 tons.