HC Deb 21 March 1956 vol 550 cc1220-1
22. Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation how many people were killed or seriously injured on zebra crossings in 1955 compared with 1954.

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation (Mr. Hugh Molson)

Eighty-three and 837 respectively, compared with 80 and 785 in 1954.

Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

Does the hon. Gentleman still plead, by way of an excuse, that the number of cars has increased more than the number of appalling accidents on zebra crossings? Is not that excuse quite misleading if he does not know how many cars there are on the roads at the time when these unfortunate accidents take place?

Mr. Molson

The fact that between 1954 and 1955 the number of cars on the roads increased by 600,000 is obviously very largely an explanation of why there has been this increase in the number of accidents.