HC Deb 05 May 1955 vol 540 cc1889-90
37. Mr. Russell

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he is now in a position to make a statement about plans for garages under certain London squares.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Not yet, Sir.

Mr. Russell

Can my right hon. Friend say when any decision is likely to be reached? I realise that this problem will demand consultations with many local authorities, but it is an urgent one. Can my right hon. Friend hold out some hope?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

My hon. Friend will appreciate that this is a problem which is very much concerned with a good many other aspects of the parking problem, and I would rather not name a date.

Viscount Hinchingbrooke

Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is a good deal of controversy about this matter, and would he undertake to hold up any positive action in his Department until, as we hope, there may be a debate about it early on in the new Parliament?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I agree with my noble Friend that there is not general agreement on this subject, and it certainly is not likely that a statement will be made in the near future.