§ Mr. Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether, in view of the relatively small cost of the initial preparatory work on the Forth road bridge, he will re-examine the possibility of further reducing the eighteen months' delay which will occur between now and mid-1958.
§ Mr. Maclay
The statement which I made last week, is based on an estimate of the time which will be required for completion of the plans by the Joint Board, advertisement and acceptance of the tenders and appearance of the successful contractor on the site. I have no doubt that the Joint Board will do everything in its power to minimise this period.