§ Major CARVER
asked the Minister of Transport whether his attention has been called to the mishap to Selby Bridge, whereby all communications between the banks of the River Ouse has virtually been cut with a maximum of public inconvenience; whether his officials have had any consultation with the East and West Riding councils and with what result; whether any emergency measures can be taken to deal with the situation; if so, of what nature and by whom; and whether, in approaching the problem, he will consider the two issues of immediate 2403W relief provision and of the future ownership of this structure which is now a toll bridge?
§ Mr. HERBERT MORRISON
I am aware of the recent mishap to Selby Bridge. The question of building a new bridge has for some time been the subject of discussion between my Department and the two county councils, and a deputation is being received from these authorities within the next fortnight when I hope that some decision may be reached. The question of emergency measures is a matter for the local authorities to take up with the bridge company, and my officers have been instructed to give them any assistance in their power.