HC Deb 17 March 1965 vol 708 cc277-8W
78. Mr. Ness Edwards

asked the Minister of Transport, in view of the fact that he has disclosed the payment of £90,000 to the Old Passage Severn Ferry Company Limited, why he will not disclose the amount paid to the Swangrove Estates Limited for an associated purpose.

Mr. Tom Fraser

It was necessary to state the amount of compensation proposed to be paid to the Old Passage Severn Ferry Company Limited in the Severn Bridge Tolls Bill because special statutory power to make the payment is required. This does not affect the general principle that it is not in the public interest to disclose for publication the amounts of compensation negotiated and paid to individuals in connection with road schemes under existing statutory authority.