HC Deb 11 December 1950 vol 482 cc785-6
1. Mr. Shepherd

asked the Minister of Transport if he is satisfied with the regulations governing slow-moving traffic in the prescribed area of central London; and whether he intends to make any alterations.

The Minister of Transport (Mr. Barnes)

As I have indicated recently in replies to Questions by hon. Members, I expect to receive shortly from the London and Home Counties Traffic Advisory Committee a report on traffic congestion in central London, which, doubtless, will deal among other matters with the regulations governing slow moving traffic in this area.

Mr. Shepherd

As there will be more congestion when the Festival of Britain is on, is the right hon. Gentleman quite certain that he will have the report, and that action will be taken, before the Festival starts?

Mr. Barnes

I cannot, of course, promise action, but I understand that at present the Committee are drafting their report. I think it is very desirable for me to see their recommendations before taking any action?

Mr. Reader Harris

Is it possible for the Minister to consider restricting the stopping of traffic or the parking of traffic in a great number of roads to one side of the street only, besides the system of alternative days?

Mr. Barnes

A great deal has already been done in that direction, and we are continually reviewing these arrangements.

Brigadier Medlicott

Does the Minister mean that he cannot promise action, because, if so, that is a most serious comment? We have a mass of evidence on this subject what we want now, above all else, is action.

Mr. Barnes

I suggested nothing of the kind. The Committee have undertaken their investigations, and there are certain statutory responsibilities. It is only right that I should see that their report receives consideration.