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NHS: Tolls

Volume 458: debated on Monday 26 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate her Department has made of the weekly cost to the national health service of the introduction of road user charging. (126159)

I have been asked to reply.

No decisions have been taken on a national road pricing scheme. The Government are working with local authorities interested in establishing local pricing schemes to address local congestion problems, and the first of these are expected to be in place in four to five years. Any decision on a national road pricing scheme will only be taken on the evidence of these schemes.

Given that no decisions have been taken on whether to introduce national road pricing and if so what form it might take, it is not possible to estimate the potential impact on specific groups or sectors at this stage.