§ Mr. Prior
asked the Minister of Transport (1) whether he will now give a commencement date for the start of the new Lowestoft swing bridge;
(2) whether he is now satisfied with the assurances given to him by Lowestoft Corporation on the cost of widening the waterway in preparation for a new swing bridge:, when he will appoint consultants to produce firm plans; and when the necessary orders will be laid.
Mr. Bob Brown
We have reached an understanding with the Lowestoft282W Borough Council about the proposals to increase the width and depth of the channel which will enable us to proceed with the statutory processes and to negotiate a formal agreement with the consulting engineers.
We expect to announce a decision as to the making of the necessary Orders in the middle of this month and at about the same time to conclude the agreement with the consultants. I shall write to the hon. Member then and give him the best indication I can of the date when work on the bridge will start.