HC Deb 06 December 1906 vol 166 c1183

I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board if the Local Government Board has sanctioned the application of the local authority to give a speed limit for motor cars at Newmarket, and if generally, with regard to applications of local authorities, he is aware that the late President of the Local Government Board, the right hon. Gentleman the Member for South Dublin, stated in the Committee stage of the Motor Car Act, 1903, that to say what the speed of motor cars should be in scores of places throughout the country was a duty the Local Government Board could not possibly undertake; and, just before that, the regulations would have to be made by the local authorities which would have knowledge of the districts; that they might safely leave the matter to the local authorities.


A local inquiry was held last week with respect to the Newmarket case, and I have not at present received the report which the inspector will make on the subject. I have seen the report in Hansard of the observations of the right hon. Gentleman the Member for South Dublin in the debate referred to. I gather that he was then urging that it should not be made the duty of the Local Government Board to make regulations fixing varying rates of speed in different places.