HC Deb 24 April 1907 vol 173 cc69-70
SIR WILLIAM BULL (Hammersmith)

I beg to ask the Prime Minister if the attention of the Government had been called to the detrimental effect of the competition existing between the transport authorities of the metropolis; and whether, having regard to the probability of private enterprise in transport being unable to compete with transport enterprise carried on the security of † See (4) Debates, clxxii., 1425, et seg. the rates, the Government will, as recommended by the Royal Commission on London Traffic, appoint a traffic board, with power to regulate and supervise the various transport services of the metropolis.


The question of London Traffic is engaging the careful attention of the Government, but I am unable to hold out any hope of legislation during the present session. I must not be understood to admit the suggestion in the hon. Member's Question as to the detrimental effect of the competition to which he refers.

SIR HOWARD VINCENT (Sheffield, Central)

Have any steps been taken to regulate the tearing up of the roads by an enormous number of different authorities?


That is another question.

MR. BOWERMAN (Deptford)

Is it not a fact that the action of the London County Council in providing rapid and cheap transit from the crowded areas into the healthier areas has been the means of reducing lunacy, and thereby conferring a benefit on the community at large?

[No Answer was given.]