HL Deb 16 February 1965 vol 263 cc485-6

LORD OGMORE asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they are aware of the intention to demolish the suspension bridge built by Thomas Telford at Conway and, if so, what steps they are taking and what assistance they will give to preserve this historic structure which is of great architectural and sentimental value and tourist interest and creates no traffic problem.

LORD BOWLES: My right honourable friend, the Minister of Public Building and Works, has been giving consideration to a suggestion that the suspension bridge built by Thomas Telford at Conway should be taken into guardianship by his Ministry to save it from demolition. The bridge is now overshadowed and obscured by the new bridges constructed in its immediate vicinity and it no longer occupies the setting for which it was designed. A fine example of Telford's work exists not far distant in the Menai Bridge. My right honourable friend is seeking the advice of the Ancient Monuments Board for Wales to enable him to consider the matter further.

House adjourned at ten minutes before eight o'clock.