HC Deb 03 February 1960 vol 616 cc969-70
2. Sir C. Taylor

asked the Minister of Transport whether he will now make a statement about the extension of the 40 miles-per-hour speed limit outside the London traffic area.

64. Sir D. Robertson

asked the Minister of Transport when, in view of the urgency of the matter, he expects to be able to present the Road Safety Committee's Report to Parliament.

The Minister of Transport (Mr. Ernest Marples)

I have received a report from the Departmental Committee on Road Safety on the results of the experiment with a 40 miles-per-hour speed limit which has been in progress in the London Traffic Area since March, 1958. I am satisfied that the experiment has been a success and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland agrees with me that the powers to impose 40 miles-per-hour speed limits should now become available throughout the country. I propose, therefore, to make the report available to both Houses of Parliament and in the near future to make a commencement order which will be subject to affirmative Resolution and which will bring into force the relevant parts of Section 4 of the Road Traffic Act, 1956.

Sir C. Taylor

I thank my right hon. Friend for that Answer. May I ask whether, when he makes the order, he will use his power with discretion and will not impose a speed limit of 40 miles-per-hour all over the country but only where it has been proved to be necessary?

Mr. Marples