HC Deb 09 July 1906 vol 160 cc521-2
MR. G. H. FABER (Boston)

I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board if his attention has been called to the death, from motor car accidents, of John Waterhouse, killed at Bamber Bridge June 29th; of a child, six years old, killed at Plymouth Juno 30th; of a girl killed at Battersea July 1st; and of a boy killed in Cambridgeshire July 3rd; and whether he proposes to take any steps to secure to local authorities fuller powers to control motor traffic within their respective areas.


My attention has not been called to the particular cases mentioned. The question as to what amendments, if any, should be made in the Motor Acts and the Regulations under them is included in the reference to the Royal Commission, and I believe that their Report will be made very shortly.

MR. CATHCART WASON (Orkney and Shetland)

Is it intended to refuse the local authorities control over this traffic?


No, but I think it would be unwise and injudicious for us to make any alteration until the Commission has reported —which I hope it will do in a few days.


Are we to draw the inference that you will not sanction new regulations?


I do not think any such inference can be drawn from my Answer. All I suggest is that we should reserve these and other points until the Commission has reported.