HL Deb 13 July 1995 vol 565 cc1839-40

3.33 p.m.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Scottish Office (The Earl of Lindsay)

My Lords, I beg to move that this Bill be now read a third time.

Moved, That the Bill be now read a third time.—(The Earl of Lindsay.)

Lord Carmichael of Kelvingrove

My Lords, I welcome this Bill. I have two points to make. The bridge will undoubtedly bring great benefit to the area and it will enhance the value of the old national garden festival site on the south bank of the river. I am pleased that the bridge will be of a high standard when it is completed. Much has been made of the navigational lighting on the Clyde. I hope that the Minister will note that whoever obtains the contract to build the bridge should be made aware that the pedestrian lighting is a cause of great concern. The bridge has been generally welcomed but the lighting for pedestrians on the approach roads to the bridge is such that the bridge will be unusable for most people in the evenings, particularly in the winter evenings. This may mean that people in general, other than those who are perhaps deliberately travelling to the new developments, will not find the bridge as beneficial as it might be. The approach roads should be opened up and attention must be paid to good lighting and perhaps to the provision of television cameras.

The Earl of Lindsay

My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for the welcome he has given to this Bill and for his welcome of the enhancement that the bridge will bring to the site. I take note of the points he has made. I shall certainly check those points with Scottish Enterprise and pass on the anxieties that he has highlighted. I would expect that the planning authority will insist on the provision of adequate lighting for pedestrians where appropriate. However, as I said, I will pass on the noble Lord's anxieties. I thank the noble Lord for his interest in this subject.

On Question, Bill read a third time.

The Earl of Lindsay

My Lords, I beg to move that the Bill do now pass.

Moved, That the Bill do now pass.—(The Earl of Lindsay.)

On Question, Bill passed.