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Volume 458: debated on Tuesday 13 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his latest estimate is of the timetable for the introduction of a national road user pricing scheme. (122803)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on progress made towards a national system of road pricing. (126466)

[holding answer 9 March 2007]: The Government called for a national debate on road pricing in 2005 and this is now happening.

While no decision has been taken on whether in the future to establish a national scheme of road pricing, the Government are working with interested local authorities who are exploring the scope for developing local schemes as part of a wider package of transport measures, to tackle local congestion.

It is only in the light of the development of such schemes that any decision about national road pricing could be considered.