Road track costs attacked
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• It was clearer than ever, after reading the road track costs report that the wear and tear tax was an arbitrary Government decision taken to help the railways said Tory transport spokesman, Mr. Thomas Galbraith. He asked how Mrs. Castle could seriously suggest that the track costs came anywhere near justifying the tax, which had no scientific or economic justification.
When a Labour MP asked why the wear and tear tax was not even bigger, Mrs. Castle s answer—which started, "We have tempered the winds of economic reality . . . " was lost in uproar.