HC Deb 30 March 1955 vol 539 cc356-7
31. Major Anstruther-Gray

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation how many copies of the new Highway Code have now been sold; and how this figure compares with those of previous editions.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Approximately 3 million copies. In 1935 and 1947, very few were available for sale, as distribution was almost entirely free. In 1931, 163,000 were sold in the first six months.

Major Anstruther-Gray

Does not my right hon. Friend consider that these very satisfactory figures which he has mentioned should have an appreciable effect in reducing road accidents?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I must say that I find the very considerable sale which has taken place interesting and reassuring, as indicating general public interest in this most important matter.

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