§ Captain Plugge
asked the Minister of Transport whether the respective costs of the by-pass schemes recently announced by him in connection with roads through Rochester, Winchester, Maidstone, Selby and Tonbridge make allowance for the recent increase in the cost of structural steel?
§ Mr. Burgin
The estimates of cost did not make allowance for an increase in the cost of structural steel. The Winchester by-pass is in course of construction and except for the final section will not be affected by rising prices. Estimates for the Rochester, Maidstone, Selby and Ton-bridge by-passes are approximate only and adjustment may be required when the schemes are approved for grant and contracts are entered into.