HC Deb 29 January 1958 vol 581 c360
36. Mr. Woodburn

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether he is prepared to have comparative experiments to determine the merits of parking meters over the employment of parking attendants collecting fees.

Mr. Watkinson

Under the Road Traffic Act, 1956, responsibility for proposing schemes for charging for parking on the highway rests with the local authorities. I am prepared to consider schemes of either kind.

Mr. Woodburn

Is the Minister aware that it is a frightful prospect to envisage many of our beautiful towns cluttered up by parking meters in all the streets? Would it not be much more advisable to adopt the more flexible method of giving employment to people who would otherwise not be capable of finding occupation in their own work?

Mr. Watkinson

I do not quite agree with the first part of that supplementary question, but I would be willing to examine schemes put forward for any type of parking, because I am more worried about seeing our beautiful streets' cluttered up with cars parked three deep.