HC Deb 10 March 1937 vol 321 c1157
83. Mr. George Hall

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is now in a position to make a statement with regard to the representations made to him by the Coal Utilisation Council as to steam vehicles on roads?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

Yes, Sir. I propose to allow a maximum laden weight of 14 tons for four-wheeled vehicles and 20 tons for six-wheeled vehicles of this type as against the 12 tons and 19 tons respectively, allowed for similar vehicles of other types. Vehicles equipped with pneumatic tyres will be allowed a speed of 20 miles per hour: vehicles above the present permitted weights, if on solid tyres, will be allowed a speed of 12 miles per hour.

Mr. Hall

While thanking the right hon. Gentleman for the concession, is he aware that there are still a few small matters that might be dealt with, and will he meet a deputation?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

Yes, Sir. It will be a pleasure to consider those matters if the hon. Member will let me have information as to what they may be.