HC Deb 31 July 1997 vol 299 c553

10 pm

Mr. Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Inverness, West)

I wish to present a petition that has been organised by SKAT—

Mrs. Margaret Ewing (Moray)

Hear, hear.

Mr. Deputy Speaker (Mr. Michael J. Martin)

Order. The hon. Gentleman is trying to address the House.

Mr. Kennedy

That is the first time that I have been heckled while presenting a petition, but there is a first time for everything.

Mrs. Ewing

It was supportive heckling.

Mr. Kennedy

Yes, it was.

SKAT stands for Skye and Kyle against Tolls. The organisation has generated a considerable response of several thousand signatures in recent weeks.

The petition reads: To the House of Commons. The petition of users of the Skye toll bridge declares that they wish the government to honour their Highlands and Islands pledge to abolish the tolls. The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Secretary of State for Scotland— who is, fortuitously, in his place tonight— to make good that pledge. And the Petitioners remain, etc. It is my pleasure to present the petition on behalf of SKAT and in its support.

To lie upon the Table.

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