HC Deb 30 October 1957 vol 575 cc193-4
18. Mr. G. R. Strauss

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what progress has now been made in the preparation of the scheme for compulsory inspection of motor vehicles; and when he expects the first stage of that scheme to be in operation.

Mr. Watkinson

I hope that the scheme will come into operation next year, but discussions are still proceeding and I cannot yet give a firm date.

Mr. Strauss

In view of the large number of accidents which it is hoped will be avoided by the introduction of this scheme and the large number of deaths which may be eliminated, are not the Government awfully slow in tackling this business, considering that the Measure authorising it was introduced about two years ago? Can we not have some greater speed in view of the importance of the matter? Further, has the right hon. Gentleman yet decided to what extent licensing stations will be publicly or privately operated?

Mr. Watkinson

In answer to the first part of the right hon. Gentleman's supplementary question, I do not mind being pressed, but I am determined that, if possible, this scheme shall come in by agreement and meet the various needs which must be met if it is to work satisfactorily. That is the only reason for the delay. I am as anxious as is the right hon. Gentleman to get it working as quickly as possible. As the right hon. Gentleman knows, I shall have to come to the House when we have a scheme.

Mr. Page

Will my right hon. Friend assure the House that this scheme is not a victim of any cuts in Government expenditure?

Mr. Watkinson

No, it is not.