HC Deb 18 May 1960 vol 623 cc1269-70
38. Mr. Loughlin

asked the Minister of Transport if he is satisfied that local authorities are taking all necessary steps to assist him in his campaign for safer roads; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Marples

As I said in this House last month, the Government can never be satisfied that enough is being done for road safety. I greatly value the co-operation which I receive from local authorities, who are doing excellent work in their own right. This does not mean that the effort of every local authority is as extensive, strong and effective as it could be. I urge all councils to review the position in their areas to ensure that everything possible is done which will help to cut down road accidents.

Mr. Loughlin

I am glad that the Minister has emphasised that he is not quite satisfied, but is he aware that I have had representations made to me about the broadcast he made and his criticism of local authorities in the matter of road safety campaigns? Is it not about time that the Minister of Transport acted in a responsible manner befitting a Minister of the Crown? If he cannot do that, is the right hon. Gentleman prepared to resign?

Mr. Marples

No, Sir.