HC Deb 26 June 1987 vol 118 c156

Mr. Secretary Channon, supported by the Prime Minister, Mr. Secretary Ridley, Mr. Kenneth Clarke, Mr. John Major and Mr. Peter Bottomley, presented a Bill to provide for the construction of a bridge over the river Thames between Dartford in Kent and Thurrock in Essex and of associated works; to provide for the Secretary of State to be the highway authority for the highways passing through the tunnels under that river between Dartford and Thurrock and their approaches, instead of Kent and Essex County Councils; to provide for the levying of tolls, by a person appointed by the Secretary of State, or by the Secretary of State in respect of traffic using the crossing; to provide for transfers of property and liabilities of those Councils to the person appointed and the Secretary of State and for the transfer to the Secretary of State of property and liabilities of the person appointed on termination of his appointment; to provide for the management of the crossing, including the imposition of prohibitions, restrictions and requirements in relation to traffic, and otherwise in relation to the crossing; and for connected purposes: And the same was read the First time, pursuant to the Standing Order of 13 May in the last Session of Parliament; and ordered to be read a Second time on Monday 29 June and to be printed. [Bill 3]