HC Deb 23 June 1952 vol 502 cc1815-6
7. Mr. Langford-Holt

asked the Minister of Transport why a two hour limit is placed on parking places.

Mr. Braithwaite

A two hour limit is not always imposed. Where it is, its object is to prevent street car parks from being monopolised by long-term parking which should be done in car parks off the highway.

Mr. Langford-Holt

Has my hon. Friend considered the additional burden placed on the London traffic system by cars which are limited to two hours presumably having to be driven away to find other parking places?

Mr. Braithwaite

A working party appointed by the right hon. Gentleman the Member for East Ham, South (Mr. Barnes) during the reign of the late Government has not yet reported. I have no doubt that this is one of the points which they have had under consideration.

12. Mr. Shepherd

asked the Minister of Transport how long he has been considering the recommendations for unilateral parking in certain streets in the West End of London; what objections, other than interference with unloading, have been raised; and when he expects to reach a decision.

Mr. Braithwaite

The recommendations were referred to my right hon. Friend's predecessor in March last. There have been objections on the grounds that the streets selected were too wide to justify restrictions, or were not congested, and that the restriction would seriously affect trade. My right hon. Friend hopes to reach a decision shortly.

Mr. Shepherd

Will not my hon. Friend come to some conclusion? Is not this a commonsense recommendation? If there is trouble between police and traders will he bang their heads together and get this experiment carried on?

Mr. Braithwaite

I would suggest that my hon. Friend puts his Question down again for Monday next.