HC Deb 08 February 1956 vol 548 cc1660-1
38. Mr. G. Jeger

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether he is aware of the inconvenience and delay on the Great North Road caused by large overhanging lorry transport; and whether he will arrange that such loads should be transported by canal or coastwise shipping.

Mr. Watkinson

I would refer the hon. Member to the Answer I gave on 1st February to a Question by the hon. Member for Westhoughton (Mr. J. T. Price) on the subject of heavy and bulky loads.

38. Mr. Jeger

Could not the Minister give a general indication to chambers of commerce and various industrialists about transporting these heavy indivisible loads by water rather than on the roads?

Mr. Watkinson

Not until I have had more time to examine the technical replies that we have received.

Mr. Steele

Can the Minister say whether any charge is made for the police patrol cars which precede this type of traffic, warning oncoming traffic by loudspeaker?

Mr. Watkinson

I think that is correct.