HC Deb 30 March 1960 vol 620 cc1300-1
10. Mr. Lipton

asked the Minister of Transport if he is now able to announce his proposals for improving traffic conditions in London.

Mr. Marples

On 15th February, I announced my decision to establish a new London Traffic Management Unit and the appointment of Dr. Charlesworth as its head. The Road Traffic Amendment Bill, which has a special application to London, will, I hope, shortly be in the hands of hon. Members. I will make further announcements about my plans from time to time.

Mr. Lipton

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that his Answer will be received with great disappointment? Why is he continuing to barricade himself behind a series of committees— [HON. MEMBERS: "Nonsense."]—and holding up the prospect of any improvement until some Bill or other is put on the Statute Book? Is there not anything he can do in the meantime, or is he just bogged down like London traffic?

Mr. Marples

This House of Commons would be very aggrieved if the Minister took action unless it had put certain rights on the Statute Book. I can only act according to the law which this House of Commons has passed.

Mr. Benn

Will the right hon. Gentleman reaffirm the pledge given by his hon. Friend that we shall have the Bill before Easter? Can he tell us when we shall have a chance to enact it?

Mr. Marples

Yes, Sir. I hope it will be presented before Easter.