HC Deb 03 February 1954 vol 523 cc336-7
17. Mr. G. Williams

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he will take powers to enforce the cutting of hedges and trees that overhang the public highway to the detriment of traffic and the public.

Mr. Molson

Highway authorities already have some such powers. Their nature and extent are not, however, entirely clear, and my right hon. Friend proposes to consider the possibility of amending legislation.

Mr. Williams

Whilst thanking the Minister for saying that he is considering this matter, may I ask whether he realises that at the moment county councils have no power, except in built-up areas, and that in any case they have no power to incur any expenditure? They can appeal and they can threaten, but if nothing is done the public are endangered and suffer considerable inconvenience. However, I thank my hon. Friend for saying that he will look into this matter.

Mr. Noel-Baker

Will the Minister also consider that destroying trees can be a certain evil without any certainty of increase in safety?

Mr. Molson

Yes, Sir. There is doubt upon this subject. Representations were made to us by the Kent County Council, and we have undertaken to go into the matter.

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