§ 23. Mr. W. Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will now 355 make a statement on the scale of tolls to be charged on the Forth road bridge.
§ 45. Mr. Gourlay
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects to announce his decision on the Forth Road Bridge Joint Board's recommendations in respect of the toll charges.
§ Mr. Noble
The Joint Board have submitted for my approval their proposed toll schedule, which provides for a flat rate toll of 2s. 6d. on mechanically propelled vehicles. I have, as required by the relevant Order, specified the newspapers in which the Board are to publish a notice; thereafter there will be a period of not less than six weeks during which objections may be made.
§ Mr. Hamilton
Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that a 2s. 6d. flat-rate toll is fair? If so, will he make the announcement quickly so that it can be implemented, until we get a Labour Government when we shall get rid of it? Is he aware that industrialists who are anxious to come into the area are concerned about what the rate of toll will be?
§ Mr. Gourlay
Is the Minister aware of the anger and disappointment in Fife at the long delay in accepting the recommendations of the Joint Board and, further, that this delay is having a bad effect on the development of the new town of Donibristle?