§ Mr. Iain Mills
asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he has received the consulting engineers' report on the bearings of the Midland links viaduct; and if so, if he will make a statement on its contents.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
An interim report has been received from Messrs W. S. Atkins and Partners and is now being considered by the Department and the West Midlands county council, as the agent authority. On the evidence so far, it is considered that the bearings are266W functioning as designed and their wholesale replacement is not thought to be necessary. Further testing has to be done and I shall make a statement on what action, if any, is to be taken when final conclusions are reached.