§ 19. Mr. William Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he will announce his decision on the future level and nature of tolls on the Forth Road Bridge.
§ Mr. Hamilton
Can my right hon. Friend say whether or not it is his intention to get rid of tolls altogether, as would be my desire—and he has said that he is always ready to listen to me? Secondly, if he cannot give that assurance, will he assure us that there will be no increases from the present rates of imposition?
§ Sir J. Gilmour
Will the right hon. Gentleman try to ensure that, if there is a change in tolls, there is a more equitable ratio between private and commercial users, since private users pay a disproportionate share of the cost at the moment?
Does not my right hon. Friend agree that the best way to get rid of the deficit in the tolls is to abolish them?
§ Mr. Galbraith
Does this mean that the right hon. Gentleman has changed his opinion? Does not he recall that, just before the last election, the Labour Party stated that tolls were indefensible? Is this another case of backing out on a promise?