§ Mr. McNamara
asked the Minister of Transport if he will list in the OFFICIAL REPORT those major bridge and tunnel projects which received Government grants over the past 15 years, stating the amount received and the percentage this represented of the cost, and the criteria upon which the decisions for giving the grants were based.
§ Mr. Marsh
The information is set out below for the two major estuarial crossings in England which are subject to tolls and received Government grants during the past 15 years. Since 1962 the policy has been to finance the whole capital cost of such projects by loans and not to make grants. Prior to 1962 the method of financing varied from case to case, depending upon historical and local circumstances.
Major Estuarial Crossing Date of Grant Amount of Grant £ Percentage of total cost Per cent. 1. Dartford Tunnel 1957 2,625,000 22.4 (of 11.722m.) 2. Tyne Tunnel 1961 3,000,000 23 (of 13.055m.)