§ Mr. JOEL
asked the Minister of Transport whether he proposes to put into operation all over the country Section 25 of the Road Traffic Act, 1930, which empowers railway companies to close their bridges to loads above a stated weight: 1480W whether he is aware of the number of bridges which will have to be strengthened unless ordinary everyday traffic is to be seriously inconvenienced; and, in view of the coat entailed by strengthening the bridges, whether the Ministry recommends any specific sub-division of this expenditure over the various interests concerned?
§ Mr. PYBUS
I propose to bring this section into force shortly. The number of bridges involved is large, but the powers which the section will confer upon bridge authorities do not differ substantially from those which they exercised before the passing of the Road Traffic Act, 1930. I have not made any recommendation of the nature referred to by my hon. Friend.