HC Deb 20 December 1967 vol 756 cc415-6W
52. Mr. R. W. Elliott

asked the Minister of Transport what amount of compensation she estimates for road hauliers towards writing off vehicle fleets and ancilliary equipment under her licensing proposals.

Mr. John Morris:

Operators who fail to get quantity licences when their existing carrier licences expire, will not be entitled to compensation. When quantity licensing is introduced it may be necessary to call in some existing licences before their normal dates of expiry. If this happens licensing authorities will be able to take possible financial hardship to the operator into account when deciding whether to issue a quantity licence.

62. Mr. Wolrige-Gordon

asked the Minister of Transport what is her policy regarding the future of the private road haulier in Scotland.

Mr. Carmichael:

I would refer the hon. Member to the recent White Paper on the Transport of Freight. We believe that road transport will continue to be an expanding industry offering increasing opportunities to the private haulier both in Scotland and alsewhere.

76. Mr. Edward M. Taylor

asked the Minister of Transport what representations she has received from road hauliers concerning the proposed taxes on road hauliers which represent an increase of 6 per cent. in the cost of conveying exports to the ports; and what reply she has sent.

Mr. Carmichael:

A number of road hauliers have written about the proposals for the new charges on road haulage. In replying we have drawn their attention to the reasons for the charges which are given in the White Paper on the Transport of Freight.