HC Deb 09 February 1955 vol 536 cc1892-3
48. Mr. Rankin

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he will make a statement explaining in greater detail his proposals for the second tunnel at Linthouse.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

As I indicated in my statement last week, the new programme makes provision for authorising the second tunnel under the Clyde during the period 1956 to 1959 when the first one is completed, or nearing completion.

Mr. Rankin

Whilst thanking the Minister for that answer, may I ask if he accepts the estimates—already in his possession—for the twin-tunnel project, which were furnished by Glasgow Corporation?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I have the highest regard for Glasgow Corporation, but I doubt whether I should be really wise to accept estimates in this way across the Floor of the House.

Mr. Woodburn

Would the right hon. Gentleman make available to the House the estimate of the cost of making this tunnel in two bites and of making it in one, also combining with it the water and other services which have to be taken under the Clyde? It would seem to be more economical to do the whole job at one go.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

On the surface, there is a great deal to be said for the point of view of the right hon. Member. If he cares to put down a Question on that point, I will do my best to give him the information.