HC Deb 05 March 1951 vol 485 cc10-1
17. Mr. Digby

asked the Minister of Transport why he has decided to make an order imposing vehicle waiting restrictions in Bridport, Dorset, without holding a public inquiry, having regard to the opposition locally to this proposal; and whether he is prepared to reconsider the matter.

Mr. Barnes

I gave careful consideration to the objections made to the orders after advertisement and made certain modifications in the original proposals as a result. In the circumstances I did not think it necessary to hold a public inquiry. I expect the orders to work satisfactorily, but if they do not I should be quite prepared to consider further representations after a sufficient time has elapsed to give them a fair trial.

Mr. Digby

Is the Minister aware that the local Chamber of Commerce, for example, is most dissatisfied?

Mr. Barnes

On the other hand, I understand that the local authority is satisfied. If, after a time, the hon. Member finds that this dissatisfaction still remains, I shall be prepared to reconsider the matter.