HC Deb 25 May 1938 vol 336 cc1226-7W
Mr. Benjamin Smith

asked the Minister of Transport whether it is the intention of the Government to implement the Bressey Report; and would he undertake to study the scheme for the south side of the Thames sympathetically?

Mr. Burgin

I shall do all I can to further the projects in the report, but the hon. Member will recognise that the initiative largely rests with the authorities responsible for highway development in the various areas, whose co-operation I have already invited in several instances. The answer to the second part of the question is in the affirmative.

Colonel Sandeman Allen

asked the Minister of Transport how soon he will make a pronouncement on his proposals for implementing the Bressey Report?

Mr. Burgin

I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the reply which I have given to-day to the hon. Member for Rotherhithe (Mr. Benjamin Smith). It will be realised that the programme of works in the Bressey Report is based on a forecast of traffic requirements over the next 3o years, and must inevitably involve careful consideration and detailed discussion with the responsible authorities, particularly as to the order in which schemes should be undertaken. When these discussions, which I have already commenced, have reached a more advanced stage, I hope to make a pronouncement.