HC Deb 18 April 1957 vol 568 cc2101-3
54. Mr. Ernest Davies

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation when it is proposed to ratify the International Convention on Road Traffic, to which the United Kingdom became a signatory in 1949.

Mr. Nugent

My right hon. Friend hopes to lay a draft Order before Parliament for the necessary Affirmative Resolutions shortly after Easter. Ratification will follow as soon as possible thereafter.

Mr. Davies

Is it not regrettable that this has been delayed so long? November, the Minister stated that he hoped to lay this Order before the beginning of the tourist season, because it gives considerable advantages to tourists bringing their cars into this country. It is now said that it is hoped to lay it shortly after Easter. Cannot an assurance be given that it will be laid at the earliest possible moment, so that the maximum number of tourists can enjoy the full advantage of it?

Mr. Nugent

Mr. Speaker, the delay is regrettable, but it has been an intricate matter drafting this Order to fit in with all our domestic requirements. We are, indeed, at present waiting upon the hon. Member and his right hon. Friends, following our communication to them fulfilling the undertaking given in 1952 that we would consult them on this draft Order before we actually laid it. I think that the hon. Gentleman will find that his hon. Friend the Member for Lincoln (Mr. de Freitas) already has a copy of the substance of the draft.

Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Heath.]