HC Deb 26 March 1935 vol 299 c1731
24. Mr. REMER

asked the Minister of Transport whether he will give consideration to places where the signs indicating the 30-miles speed limit are placed in unreasonable situations; and whether, after due consideration, he will make representations to the local authorities upon this matter and, if necessary, give instructions where these speed limits are to be imposed?


I am using all my influence to secure uniformity and to meet the convenience of all users of the road in this matter, and I have already asked a number of local authorities to consider the de-restriction of roads on which a speed limit does not appear to me to be required. I would, however, remind my hon. Friend that I have no authority to impose my will upon local authorities except after the holding of a local inquiry.

30. Lieut.-Colonel SANDEMAN ALLEN

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been drawn to the case where a Mr. Ellerd-Styles, on 20th March, was overtaking a police car travelling at, approximately, 24 miles per hour, when the police car accelerated to 30 miles per hour, thus creating a dangerous situation; and will he instruct the traffic police that they will be liable to prosecution if they pursue this method of driving?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir John Gilmour)

My attention has been drawn to a complaint which appeared in the Press, but I am informed by the Commissioner of Police that it has not been possible to trace the incident referred to. I should agree, of course, that the action described would be indefensible as a means of enforcing the speed limit and contrary to the Highway Code. If particulars can be given, further inquiries will be made.


If I give my right hon. Friend the number of the police car will he make further inquiries?