HC Deb 20 December 1934 vol 296 c1331

asked the Minister of Transport the number of accidents caused by motor vehicles skidding in the following groups: fatal accidents, non-fatal but in which persons were injured, accidents to vehicles; and what proposal has he to make with a view to minimising the numbers?

The MINISTER of TRANSPORT (Mr. Hore-Belisha)

In the return for 1933 skidding was given as a main or a contributory cause in 290 fatal accidents in which motor vehicles were involved, and in 98 in which pedal cyclists were involved. Corresponding figures for non-fatal accidents are not available. I do everything in my power to encourage the provision of non-skid surfaces on the roads, and tyres on motor vehicles are required by the regulations to be free from any defect which may cause danger.


Is it not a fact that skidding is caused by the roads in most parts of the country being very smooth? Is not this a national and not a parochial affair, and is there anything which the House can do by which the Minister can have power to deal with it?


Has the hon. Gentleman power to compel authorities who refuse to put their roads in order, to do so?


No, I am afraid I have not that power.