§ Mr. R. T. EVANS
asked the Minister of Transport (1) if he is aware that the bridge over the River Towy at Carmarthen has been scheduled as an ancient monument; and whether this decision affects the Ministry's suggestion of a composite bridge to replace the one in question;
(2) Whether he proposes to take steps to end the disagreement between his Department and the Carmarthenshire County Council concerning the type of bridge to be erected over the River Towy at Carmarthen?
I see no reason to depart from my decision that I could not recommend a grant to the costly scheme for a high-level bridge which has been advocated by the county council, but I have indicated the alternative improvement which appears to me to be technically, as well as financially, preferable. I have also informed the county council that due consideration will be given to any definite proposal they wish to submit for repairing the old bridge, and I am awaiting their reply. The old560W bridge has for some years been scheduled as an ancient monument, and I should consult my right hon. Friend the First Commissioner of Works before agreeing to any proposal for its alteration or replacement.