HC Deb 13 May 1960 vol 623 cc873-4

Order read for resuming adjourned debate on Question [4th March], That the Bill be now read a Second time.

Question again proposed.

3.58 p.m.

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport (Mr. John Hay)

When the debate was interrupted on 4th March I was about to conclude my speech. I find myself in much the same position today, more than a month later.

Since I spoke on 4th March we have received from the Central Office of Information the results of the survey to which I then referred. The time now is insufficient for me to elaborate on the results, but I would just say that to some extent they support the conception used by my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Croydon, North-East (Vice-Admiral Hughes Hallett) as the basis for his Bill, namely, that experience in the driving of these machines is likely to be more significant than age. Therefore, I think that there is a case for our considering the Bill in Committee, and I hope that the House will feel that that is something that we should do.

Question put and agreed to.

Bill accordingly read a Second time.

Bill committed to a Standing Committee pursuant to Standing Order No. 38 (Committal of Bill).