asked the Secretary of State for Transport (1), pursuant to the answer of 10 may to the hon. Member for Leicester, East, Official Report, column 515, whether his Department asked for or received any payment in return for the use by a film company of an unopened stretch of the Leatherhead interchange section of the M25 on 1 May; and if he will make a statement;(2) what is his policy with regard to
(a) the granting of permission to and (b) requesting payment from private organisations or individuals for the use of unopened sections of motorways or other public roads for which he has responsibility; and if he will make a statement.
We consider each request to use unopened sections of trunk road on its merits. Permission is not given where there is a danger of significant nuisance to local residents or the road might be damaged. No charge is made, but the organisation must agree to indemnify the Department against any claims. No charge was therefore made for the use of the Leatherhead interchange on 1 May.