HC Deb 16 February 1955 vol 537 cc354-5
6. Mr. Peter Freeman

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether he is now able to announce his decision in reference to car owners leaving them without lights on the street if within 100 yards of public lighting.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I cannot at the moment add anything to the answer I gave to the hon. Member's Question on 26th January.

Mr. Freeman

Will the Minister say when he will be able to bring in these regulations, in view of the fact that it was never necessary to have them at all?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I am not quite sure whether the hon. Gentleman wants me to introduce regulations or not, but the position is that I have now received the views of the organizations which, as I indicated in my earlier statement, have to be consulted, and I am considering them.

Mr. Grimond

Is the Minister aware that the suggestion contained in the Question will be very widely welcomed, and that, in the meantime, there is a discrepancy in treatment by the police in different areas which is causing a very unfortunate situation for motorists?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

It is because of that that I initiated action on this matter, but I think the hon. Gentleman will appreciate that it is wise in these matters to take the views of the various interests concerned before actually drafting the regulations.