§ Mr. Wilson
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the planning procedure which he intends to follow in relation to the proposed Skye toll bridge.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
As indicated in "New Roads by New Means" (Cmnd. 698), it is proposed to introduce new legislation to provide revised procedures for the authorisation of privately financed roads. These would amend and supplement the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984. Alternatively, as with the M25 Dartford crossing, a project specific Bill may be judged the most suitable vehicle to progress Skye bridge timeously. In either case, the statutory procedures adopted will safeguard the environment and uphold the rights of individuals and local councils affected by such privately funded infrastructure developments.