HC Deb 09 November 1955 vol 545 c1842
41. Captain Pilkington

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what experiments he has made of different non-skid surfaces for roads; and his conclusions.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

In conjunction with the Road Research Laboratory, I am investigating the economy and durability, as well as the non-skid qualities, of some 1,500 different compositions of road surfacing. In addition, periodic skidding tests are carried out on existing roads. The results of these investigations are published from time to time by the Road Research Laboratory.

Captain Pilkington

Can my right hon. Friend say whether it is obligatory at the present time, whenever repairs to roads are carried out, for the best non-skid surface available to be used?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Without notice, I should be disinclined to say that there was any statutory provision, but, obviously, where questions of grant arise it is my Department's duty to see that the most suitable surfaces are used.

Mr. P. Williams

Is the Minister aware of the danger of riding on zebras in wet weather?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Yes, Sir.