§ 11. Mr. Robathan
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the First Secretary with regard to making representations to the European Commission on the charging of VAT on Severn bridge tolls. 
§ Mr. Paul Murphy
Representations to the European Commission have not been raised during my discussion of this subject with my right hon. Friend the First Secretary.168W
However, the hon. Gentleman will wish to be aware that Her Majesty's Customs and Excise is exploring options for a Government-supported scheme to offset the cost of VAT to motorist and business motorists.