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River Clyde (Proposed Tunnel)

Volume 466: debated on Monday 27 June 1949

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asked the Minister of Transport upon what evidence he based his decision that the immediate employment of consulting engineers would not expedite the commencement of work on the proposed Linthouse and Whiteinch tunnel under the Clyde when circumstances warranted a start on the work; and why he refused to receive a delegation in connection with this project.

Constructional work on this tunnel would make heavy demands on scarce resources and will be precluded by financial and supply conditions for a period considerably longer than that required for the preparation of plans by consulting engineers. I suggested to the Lord Provost of Glasgow that it was not necessary for a deputation to meet me because I saw no prospect of being able to reverse my decision about the preparatory work.