HC Deb 20 February 1957 vol 565 cc411-2
7. Mr. Ernest Davies

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what parking schemes have been received by him from local authorities in accordance with the provisions of the Road Traffic Act, 1956; and what action he has taken on them.

Mr. Watkinson

None, Sir. These schemes require much preparation, but, as I told the hon. Member on 13th February, I do not think local authorities will be backward in submitting schemes to me.

Mr. Davies

While I am grateful for that information, may I ask the Minister whether he does not appreciate that there are certain schemes which can be instituted without waiting for the full schemes from local authorities? Is it not desirable to carry out those parts of the recommendations of the interim report, such as those relating to increasing the number of one-way streets and free parking streets, without waiting for the full schemes which require a public hearing before these matters are begun?

Mr. Watkinson

I quite agree with that, and my Department is looking into it now.

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