HC Deb 18 May 1953 vol 515 cc1686-7
25. Captain Pilkington

asked the Minister of Transport when he proposes to make it compulsory for all bicycles to have brakes as recommended by the Road Safety Conference held in London some time ago.

27. Mr. McAdden

asked the Minister of Transport if he will issue instructions making it compulsory for cyclists to have their cycles fittted with two efficient brakes when used on public roads.

Mr. Braithwaite

A resolution that all bicycles should have two effective brakes is included in a schedule of resolutions which has been submitted to my right hon. Friend by the Road Safety Conference of Organisations, presided over by Lord Llewellin, for consideration by the Departmental Committee on Road Safety. My right hon. Friend is accordingly referring it to the Departmental Committee.

Captain Pilkington

Can my hon. Friend say when the report is likely to be forthcoming?

Mr. Braithwaite

The Departmental Committee will be meeting early next month.

Viscount Hinchingbrooke

Is my hon. Friend aware of some anxiety which has arisen as a result of publication in the Press of reports that the Government are contemplating further restrictive legislation on bicyclists and pedestrians; and would my hon. Friend assure the House that, prior to the introduction of such legislation, he will take the House and the country into his confidence by means of a White Paper, a Motion, or in some other way?

Mr. Braithwaite

I can only assure my noble Friend that the comments in the Press to which he refers are entirely unauthorised and entirely without the knowledge of my right hon. Friend.