HC Deb 04 December 1968 vol 774 c467W
66. Mrs. Ewing

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland why the cost of the approach roads to the Forth Road Bridge were included in the cost on which interest payments were calculated.

Mr. Ross

This was part of the agreement in 1956 between the Government of the day and the Forth Road Bridge Joint Board, which was later incorporated in the Provisional Order promoted by the Board.

Sir J. Gilmour

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what studies he has made of electronic control and collection of tolls on the Forth Road Bridge; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Ross

Collection of tolls at the Forth Road Bridge is the responsibility of the Joint Board, but with their agreement technical officers of my Department have been associated throughout with discussions which have taken place on the choice between electro-mechanical and electronic control equipment.