§ Mr. Mathers
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport what progress has been made with the inquiry about the proposed Forth and Clyde canal; and whether the Report to the Ministry will be made available to Members of this House?
§ Mr. N. Maclean
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether any further steps have been taken, or are under consideration, for the construction of the Forth and Clyde Ship Canal?
§ Mr. Noel-Baker
Much preliminary work has been done on the technical and other merits of the proposal for a Forth-Clyde Ship Canal. Memoranda have been prepared on particular aspects of the problem; the departmental group appointed by my Noble Friend are meeting to-day to consider these memoranda; but I cannot yet say when their report will be available. As my Noble Friend said in another place, the report will be confidential. He would prefer, therefore, to wait until he has received it before deciding how far it would be proper for him to disclose its contents.