§ Mr. BURKE
asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that the Lanark County Council propose to build a new bridge over the Clyde and to close Telford's Bridge to traffic; and whether he will consider making representations to this council with a view to preserving the present bridge as a memorial to Telford, using it for one-way traffic alongside a narrower structure than the one proposed?
§ Mr. HORE-BELISHA
Yes, Sir. I made a grant from the Road Fund towards the cost of the new bridge to be constructed over the Clyde, and have already announced that it has been decided to preserve Telford's Bridge as an example of his work. I am, however, un-1984W able to adopt the hon. Member's suggestion that the old bridge should be used for one-way traffic, because it is structurally unfitted to bear the loads imposed by modern traffic and is situated on a dangerous bend.