HC Deb 15 November 1979 vol 973 cc780-1W
Sir Brandon Rhys Williams

asked the Minister of Transport what study he has made of the advantages of providing a new crossing of the Severn Estuary for road vehicles in conjunction with a hydroelectric scheme and a new national airport.

Mr. Fowler

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales and I have just set up a working party to look at the potential need for a further crossing of the Severn. I understand that studies on the feasibility of a Severn barrage are still at an early stage. A major study of a combined barrage and road crossing would therefore be premature at the moment.