§ Mr. Tebbit
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his reply of 5th July to the hon. Member for Chingford, that five road haulage firms are subject to discretionary action, what is the meaning of the term discretionary action in this context; who is empowered to exercise this discretion; and what is the action concerned.
§ Mr. Joel Barnett
I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Kingston upon Thames (Mr. Lamont) on 24th November 1977— [Official Report, Vol. 939, c. 854]—and to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Tiverton (Mr. Maxwell-Hyslop) on 9th February 1978—[Official Report, Vol. 943. c. 666].