HC Deb 01 February 1956 vol 548 cc905-6
25. Sir F. Medlicott

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he has now completed his examination of the problem caused by winking traffic indicators on motor vehicles; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Watkinson

No, Sir. The Road Research Laboratory, following their interim report, are carrying out a further investigation into certain aspects of the problem and I must await their report on this.

Sir F. Medlicott

Will the Minister give the House an assurance that when he is further examining this matter he will not be unduly influenced by considerations of the export market but will pay attention solely to the need for the safety and convenience of drivers?

Mr. Watkinson

I shall have to try to do both.

Mr. G. R. Strauss

Has there not been a very long delay about this matter? We were assured that we should have that report from the Laboratory by the end of last year and some statement by the Minister. Now we are told that further investigation is taking place. The longer action is delayed the more difficult it will be. Can we have an assurance when we will have an announcement?

Mr. Watkinson

The right hon. Gentleman is on a good point when he says that we ought to get this cleared up as soon as possible. I will do what I can.