Transport Croup (Charges)

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd April 1970.

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Photo of Mr Michael Noble Mr Michael Noble , Argyll 12:00 am, 22nd April 1970

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland on what basis he approves charges made by the Scottish Transport Group on different routes.

Photo of Mr William Ross Mr William Ross , Kilmarnock

I approve charges only in respect of sea services operated by David MacBrayne Limited, on the basis set out in clause 19 of the undertaking with the company made in accordance with the Highlands and Islands Shipping Services Act 1960.

Photo of Mr Michael Noble Mr Michael Noble , Argyll

I congratulate the Secretary of State on his, to use a commercial term, remarkable shelf life in his present job. Why is he dealing only with Messrs. MacBrayne and allowing charges to one of my more prosperous islands to be exactly one third of the cost per mile to one of my less prosperous islands? This does not make sense to my constituents or to me.

Photo of Mr William Ross Mr William Ross , Kilmarnock

I begin to wonder and realise why the right hon. Gentleman is on the shelf. [HON. MEMBERS: " Oh!"] The distance to be travelled or the time taken to cover it are not by any means the only factors to be taken into account in fixing the charges on particular routes. These include the total costs of operating the service and the volume of traffic.

Photo of Mr Michael Noble Mr Michael Noble , Argyll

That is a very unsatisfactory answer.