HC Deb 23 April 1941 vol 371 cc146-7
8. Mr A. Edwards

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is able to account for the large increase in the registrations of private motor-cars during the last year; and whether he proposes to introduce any restriction?

The Minister of Transport (Lieut.-Colonel Moore-Brabazon)

It would not be in the public interest to give the figures for which my hon. Friend asks.

Mr. Edwards

Is the right hon. and gallant Gentleman not aware of a statement made in the House recently to the effect that 77,000 extra private cars had been licensed last year?

Lieut.-Colonel Moore-Brabazon

That is a question of licensing. If I gave my hon. Friend figures regarding registrations, it would be a reflex of the productive capacity of the country. If he will ask about licensing, I will give him information on that subject.

Mr. Robert Gibson

Will the right hon. and gallant Gentleman observe that he is not asked for figures, but for the reason for the increase, and can he answer that question?

Lieut.-Colonel Moore-Brabazon

There has been no increase, but a big decrease in registration.

Mr. Leach

Has the right hon. and gallant Gentleman not now arrived at the conclusion that pleasure motoring ought to be abolished?

Lieut.-Colonel Moore-Brabazon

No, Sir.

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