HC Deb 30 March 1955 vol 539 cc359-60
12. Mr. E. L. Mallalieu

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he will indicate the priority of the scheme for building a bridge across the Humber.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I have not seen any such scheme in definite form. If the responsible highway authorities submitted one to me, I would consider it. I can, of course, give no indication of the priority which I could give to such a scheme as against others which have already been submitted to me.

Mr. Mallalieu

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the very great feeling that exists in Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, and in other parts of northern England, regarding the necessity for this bridge on both local and national grounds? Is he further aware that local authorities are spending large sums of money on definite plans for the bridge, and will he himself consider contributing to it in due course?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I take note of what the hon. and learned Gentleman says, but I understand that neither of the local authorities concerned has, in fact, inserted any mention of this bridge in its development plan.