§ 65. Mr. Dobson
asked the Minister of Transport what esimate he has made of the proportion of Bristol's rates involved in Government approval of the Bristol West Dock scheme.
§ Mr. Swingler
Any estimate must be based on assumption and cannot be exact, but on Bristol's own lower traffic forecasts (which we believe over-optimistic) the deficit on the West Dock Scheme might have been equivalent for some years after the initial period to some five pence in the pound, though the direct impact on the rates would depend on the funding of the capital cost. This is no longer a live issue since the House decided not to give a Second Reading to the Bristol Corporation Bill.