§ (2) why military learner-drivers are required to practise in convoy on coast roads at weekends in the summer months.
§ Mr. H. Fraser
Instructions are already in force restricting movement by road by the Regular Army during summer weekends. But units of the Territorial Army have to travel to their annual camps and carry out training, including driver training, at weekends. I am afraid that this cannot be avoided.
§ Mr. Eden
Will my hon. Friend give instructions that when such training takes place at weekends on heavily congested coast roads, particularly the roads in Hampshire, drivers will be provided with some kind of escort, perhaps a motor-cycle patrol, and will be instructed to pull to the side of the road when great congestions of traffic occur in order to allow the traffic to pass them; because the continuous traffic blockages which occur are very bad and sometimes it is impossible for other traffic to overtake?
§ Mr. Fraser
We attempt in every way to help the traffic, and instructions are given to the drivers to be as helpful as possible. But it is necessary for the Territorials to train at weekends because that is the only time when they can train. I think that hon. Members who have experience of the Army, both Regular and Territorial, will know that the Army extends as much courtesy as is possible to the general run of traffic.