HC Deb 15 June 1955 vol 542 cc573-4
21. Mr. McKay

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he is aware that all the land and property required has been secured and the contract plans and documents have been prepared in readiness for proceeding with the vehicular Tyne tunnel; and if he will give sanction within the next few months for the work to proceed.

The Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation (Mr. John Boyd-Carpenter)

I have no statement to make at present on this subject. My information does not, however, wholly coincide with that conveyed by the hon. Member in the first two parts of his Question.

Mr. McKay

Can the Minister explain why, when he is spending millions of pounds for road transport, he is holding up this scheme, which has been under consideration for years and preparation for which is probably well developed?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I dealt with this point in questions subsequent to my general statement on 2nd February, and I am afraid I have nothing to add on that subject at present.

Dame Irene Ward

When may I expect my right hon. Friend to visit the north of England, as he promised before the General Election?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I am still awaiting my hon. Friend's invitation.

Dame Irene Ward

It is given now.

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