HC Deb 09 March 1927 vol 203 cc1228-9
47. Mr. FENBY

asked the Prime Minister whether he will set up a committee of inquiry into the transport system in the country with a view to co-ordinating and regulating the powers and responsibilities of local authorities, railways, and private companies, and the creation of an effective transport service to meet the industrial needs of the country?

The MINISTER of TRANSPORT (Colonel Ashley)

I have been asked to answer this question. The problems connected with the relations of different forms of transport are engaging my attention, and provisions in the draft Road Bill, to he published shortly, deal with the better regulation of passenger vehicles on roads.


Did the right hon. Gentleman consult with all parties interested with regard to the Bill before it was drafted?

Colonel ASHLEY

No, but the whole object of the publication of the Bill is that there shall be consultation with interested parties.


Has there been consultation with someone before the Bill was drafted, and, if so, with whom?

Colonel ASHLEY

I have consulted with myself.


Is the Bill going to deal with the co-ordination of traffic on the lines of the question?

Colonel ASHLEY

"The provisions in the draft Road Bill to be published shortly"—not brought before the House, but published—"deal with the better regulation of passenger vehicles on roads."


I am asking whether there will he co-ordination on the lines of the question.

Colonel ASHLEY

I think the hon. Member had better wait for the Bill.