HC Deb 27 July 1979 vol 971 cc546-7W
Mr. Geraint Howells

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if the Government will relieve the ratepayers of Dyfed of the burden resulting from the collapse of the Cleddau bridge in 1970.

Mr. Nicholas Edwards

The Government have decided to make an interest-free loan of £4 million to the Dyfed county council towards the cost of reconstructing the Cleddau bridge. The loan will be repayable over 40 years and is to be used to relieve the ratepayers of Dyfed of part of the charges on the council's capital debt. The circumstances at Cleddau are unique in that the bridge collapsed, it had to be rebuilt to a much higher standard than before and the construction was delayed for several years. After a public inquiry, the Government

Cash block Measures announced Change New cash limit
WO.3 Welsh Office; Trade, Industry and Employment Additional provision for special factory building programme ±4.1 58.015

This change involves no additional public expenditure as the amount is fully offset by reductions in other Welsh Office programmes. Supplementary estimates for additional provision within the proposed cash limit will be presented to Parliament in due course.