HC Deb 23 November 1926 vol 200 cc206-7

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware of the inconvenience to the public and the danger to traffic of the clouds of steam and showers of sparks that frequently issue from steam lorries; and whether he will take steps to deal with this nuisance?

Colonel ASHLEY

The matters referred to are under consideration in connection with the Bill dealing with the regulation of road vehicles generally, which I hope will be presented to the House at no distant date.

Colonel DAY

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether restrictions will be placed upon these vehicles going into the West-End in the day time?

Colonel ASHLEY

The hon. Member had better wait and see.


As the right hon. Gentleman has been promising this Bill "at no distant date" for two years, can he tell us whether we are getting any nearer to it?

Colonel ASHLEY

It approaches nearer and nearer.

Commander BELLAIRS

Have the Government no authority at the present moment to prevent this nuisance in the streets of London and other towns?

Colonel ASHLEY

I do not agree that there is no authority.


Is it not correct to say there are Regulations dealing with the emission of smoke and steam from steam vehicles; if so, when will they be operated?

Colonel ASHLEY

I think that is a matter for the local authorities, and not the Minister of Transport.


In order to prevent people from using that form of power, is it not necessary to tell them where to get fuel that does not give out sparks and Smoke?