HC Deb 30 March 1960 vol 620 cc1308-9
20. Mr. E. Johnson

asked the Minister of Transport whether he has completed his discussions with the motor manufacturers regarding vehicle direction indicators; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Marples

Since these discussions began new recommendations have been agreed in large part by a Working Party of the Economic Commission for Europe which it is expected most European countries will adopt. It is important that we should keep in step with Continental countries, and I am continuing the discussions with the motor manufacturers and others on this basis.

Mr. Johnson

While I appreciate that it is desirable to bring in the other countries, might I point out that it was about a year ago that the then Parliamentary Secretary told me that discussions had been started with the manufacturers, but it was on 15th July last that he told my hon. Friend the Member for Bridgwater (Sir G. Wills) that he was near reaching agreement? Is it not time we had a little more progress?

Mr. Marples

The Economic Commission for Europe had a meeting to discuss this matter in October, 1959. As a result of that, we are about to make representations to vehicle manufacturers and users about the considerations. However, I regard it as important that an agreement of this sort should be international rather than that each country should adopt its own measures.