HC Deb 24 May 1927 vol 206 cc1821-2
29. Mr. LUNN (for Mr. F. HALL)

asked the Minister of Transport if his attention has been drawn to the expenditure incurred by local authorities in promoting or opposing Bills dealing with omnibus and charabanc traffic; and whether he will introduce legislation placing the authority for the regulation of road passenger traffic in the hands of the Ministry, so that this expenditure may be avoided?

Colonel ASHLEY

I am aware that certain local authorities incur expenditure in seeking powers to run road passenger services. It is not my intention to promote legislation conferring any general power in this connection upon the Ministry of Transport, but my proposals for the better regulation of public service vehicles generally are contained in the Draft Road Traffic Bill which I recently circulated.


Will the right hon. Gentleman further consider the question of the great cost of local authorities promoting Parliamentary Bills?

Colonel ASHLEY

It is very important to maintain the control of Parliament over these authorities.


Is it not a fact that municipalities have unnecessarily caused expenditure of this kind because they wish to override the decision of the Minister?

Colonel ASHLEY

That is possible.


Is it not a fact that local authorities are put to tremendous expense which private enterprise has no need to incur?

Colonel ASHLEY

I do not altogether agree.