HC Deb 25 May 1960 vol 624 cc441-2
39. Mr. E. Johnson

asked the Minister of Transport if he will introduce legislation to shorten the period for making and considering objections to schemes for the construction of new roads and motorways.

Mr. Hay

I do not think a shortening of the objection period would be justified in present circumstances.

Mr. Johnson

While recognising the need to safeguard the rights of the individual, but bearing in mind the figures my hon. Friend gave me a few moments ago about motorway casualties, may I ask if he agrees that anything which can be done to shorten the preliminary procedure may have an important effect on saving life?

Mr. Hay

Yes, Sir. We are most anxious to see what we can do to shorten the preliminary proceedings to the building of motorways, but I must emphasise that the statutory period allowed for making objections to draft schemes is only three months. I do not regard that as excessive when roads may stretch over a great many miles and a large number of people may be affected.