HC Deb 25 July 1949 vol 467 cc1800-1
28. Mr. Symonds

asked the Minister of Transport when the Report of the committee under the chairmanship of Lord Waleran, which was set up to inquire into the design, location and distribution of petrol filling stations, will be published; and what action he proposes to take with regard to the Report.

Mr. Barnes

The Report will be published in the course of the next few days. Before taking any action on it I propose to seek the views of the local authorities' associations and of the commercial, motoring and other interests concerned.

Mr. Symonds

Would my right hon. Friend consider setting some sort of time-limit for these consultations and discussions so that they do not go on indefinitely before some action is taken?

Mr. Barnes

I certainly should not allow them to go on indefinitely, but there is no frightful hurry about this particular proposal or Report.

Mr. Henry Strauss

Can the right hon. Gentleman assure the House that he will not encourage the construction of half-timbered mock-Tudor petrol stations?

Mr. Barnes

This Report deals with all problems of that character.

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