§ 5. Mr. Langford-Holt
asked the Secretary of State for War why, during the daily march to the Bank of England, the picket does not honour the Highway Code.
§ Mr. H. Fraser
The picket complies with the Highway Code except where compliance would cause delay to the picket and nuisance to other traffic.
§ Mr. Langford-Holt
Is my hon. Friend aware that the Highway Code requires marching bodies of troops to have lookouts at suitable distances at front and rear, but that this picket does not have this arrangement and is constantly in the habit of changing direction without giving any indication to oncoming traffic or to traffic overtaking? What is the use of the Minister of Transport spending thousands of £s of State money in inviting people to honour the Highway Code if it is dishonoured by the Secretary of State for War?
§ Mr. Fraser
On the contrary, experience and expediency show that the best way to get through the rush hour is to move at the greatest possible speed.
§ Mr. Fraser
This is a question of a reasonable interpretation of instructions to give the minimum trouble to the public.
§ Sir H. Legge-Bourke
Would my hon. Friend consider asking my hon. Friend the Member for Shrewsbury (Mr. Langford-Holt) how often the Fleet Air Arm, when he was in it, obeyed the Highway Code?