§ Mr. Steen
asked the Secretary of State for Transport what is the estimated cost of repairing the effects of alkali aggregate reaction on concrete contained in the three bridges between Plymouth and Ivybridge on the A38; if he will estimate the length of time it will take to put matters right; whether the Government will meet the cost; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mrs. Chalker
The estimated cost of the initial remedial work to these bridges is of the order of £¼ million and will be completed by late spring. Further research and remedial work is likely to be necessary but the full extent of this will not be known until the final report of the consulting engineers has been received and considered. The cost of work will be met out of central Government funds.