Personal Explanation by Taoiseach.

At the end of Question Time last week when there was some discussion of tolls, and particularly of the issue of where the power to approve toll schemes resides, I indicated that I understood the approval of toll schemes was a matter for the Minister for Environment and Local Government. I wish to clarify for the House that while the Minister had this role previously, the approval of national road toll schemes is now a matter for the National Roads Authority, under the terms of the new legislation introduced with effect from the beginning of the year. I refer to Part 20 of the Planning and Development Act, 2000.