HC Deb 10 April 1905 vol 144 cc1001-2

To ask the President of the Local Government Board whether the attention of the Local Government Board has been called to a motor-car accident on Saturday, 1st April, on the Holyhead Road, in the neighbourhood of Wolverhampton; whether the Board are aware that, on the afternoon of that day, the Automobile Club of Wolverhampton proceeded, after the manner of cyclist clubs, for a so-called motor-car run on the road in question, when, owing to the cars that took part in the run, and their proximity to each other, the dust occasioned was such that it was at times impossible to discern other objects in the road, the result being that one of the cars ran into a carrier's cart, killing the horse, and seriously injuring its occupants, the explanation of the motorist by whom the accident was occasioned, and an illustration of the denseness of the dust, being that not only was he, owing to that cause, unable to see the cart, but he was unaware he was on the wrong side of the road; and, if so, whether the Local Government Board will issue an Order requiring the discontinuance of the practice of such motor-car runs.

(Answered by Mr. Gerald Balfour.) I have seen a newspaper account of this accident. I am afraid the suggestion in the Question hardly appears to be a practicable one.