HC Deb 10 July 1905 vol 149 cc99-100
MR. CATHCART WASON (Orkney and Shetland)

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury if he proposes to set up a Royal Commission, Statutory Commission, Departmental Committee, or Parliamentary Committee to inquire into the working of The Motor-Car Act, 1903.


It is proposed that the inquiry should take place by means of a Royal Commission.


I bog to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether, in view of the majority by which the First Reading of a Bill to amend The Motor-Car Act, 1903, was carried, and having regard to the number of accidents which have recently happened owing to the dangerous driving of motorcars, he will give facilities for this Bill, which is framed with the sole object of preventing driving to the public danger, and enable it to become law this session.


The hon. Gentleman gives me two reasons why this Bill should be treated with peculiar favour. The one is that the division on the First Reading showed a very large majority in favour of the First Reading, and the other is that the Bill is brought in with the best intentions. I would point out that, as a rule, the First Reading of most private Members' Bills is passed unanimously, and that good intentions are, I hope, a characteristic of all legislation brought into this House.