HC Deb 09 February 1955 vol 536 c1878
21. Mr. Dodds

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he will make a statement indicating what decision has been reached in the consideration given to the regulations related to property found by members of the public on public transport.

The Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation (Mr. John Boyd-Carpenter)

Yes, Sir. I have decided that a review is called for of this and other aspects of the regulations that have been brought to my attention. It will be necessary to consult various interested organisations, and I hope to begin these discussions shortly.

Mr. Dodds

While welcoming that reply, may I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he can give some indication of how long he expects it will be before he can at least make some announcement of intention to give some sort of reward and recompense for honesty in matters of this sort?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

It will take quite a time. The number of different regulations, administrative orders and statutory provisions which cover this subject is quite appalling when one goes into the matter.

Mr. K. Thompson

In view of the wide national interest in a matter of this sort, will my right hon. Friend consider letting Parliament consider any proposed changes before they are made absolute?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I will consider that suggestion. It depends very much upon the form in which any necessary change has to be made.