HC Deb 27 July 1953 vol 518 cc891-2
49. Mr. Langford-Holt

asked the Minister of Transport why one-third of the Victoria Embankment is closed to all traffic except omnibuses; whether he will set aside this portion as a bumper-to-kerb car park; and how many cars could be thus accommodated.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

The local authorities are about to reconstruct, as a dual carriageway road, the whole width of the Victoria Embankment, including the old tram track. The whole width will then be open to traffic. The question whether any car parking facilities can be provided will need consideration at a later date.

Mr. Langford-Holt

Can my right hon. Friend say when it is intended to start this work, and how long it will take?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

It will start about the end of September, and will progress as fast as possible.


Sir H. Williams

On a point of order. Question No. 49—upon which I sought unsuccessfully to ask a supplementary question, because you called upon the hon. Member for Dartford (Mr. Dodds), Sir—contains the statement: … why one-third of the Victoria Embankment is closed to all traffic except omnibuses … As hon. Members are supposed to be responsible for the accuracy of statements in their Questions, and as this statement is inaccurate, because the notice proposing it is an illegal one, can the Minister of Transport clear up that difficulty?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I think that the best way of clearing up legal or other difficulties is to open up the whole width of the Embankment, as I propose to do.