§ 123. Mr. Grimond
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether the rise in freight charges of the North of Scotland Shipping Company is in accord with the Government's policy on prices and incomes; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Ross
A detailed examination of the company's proposal to increase charges showed that, in view of unavoidable increases in operating costs, the proposal met the criteria laid down in the White Paper on Prices and Incomes Policy after 30th June, 1967 (Cmnd. 3235). Because of the effect of the company's charges on the economy of Orkney and Shetland, I have asked the company to carry out a detailed study of the possibility of improving its services with a view to more economical operation,268W along the lines recommended in the final report of the Highland Transport Board. The company has agreed to this request, and I hope to receive the results of the study later this year.