§ 26. Mr. LESLIE BOYCE
asked the Minister of Transport the statistical and financial grounds submitted to him by the railway companies for their assertion that the private car and light motor vehicle are paying too much and the heavy motor vehicle is paying too little towards road costs and burdens according to the user of the roads?
§ 27. Mr. BOYCE
asked the Minister of Transport, in view of the fact that the railway companies have to pay local rates upon their profits and that similar contributions are not made by road transport undertakings, if he will undertake to introduce legislation to equalise the burdens between these two competing systems of transport?
§ Colonel WEDGWOOD
Will the result of the hon. Gentleman's consultation be embodied in legislation to be introduced this year or next year?
§ 28. Mr. BOYCE
asked the Minister of Transport whether his attention has been drawn to the recent advertised running of lorries, with trailers and carrying a load of 16 tons, on a 560-miles non-stop journey from London to Aberdeen in 31½ hours; and whether, in view of the undesirable character of this road transport, he will say what expenditure of public money, as represented in the cost 1463 of roads used by these vehicles, has been necessary in order to enable the service to be run?