HC Deb 22 March 1961 vol 637 c376
25. Sir B. Janner

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is still prepared to consider giving approval to experimental parking schemes submitted by a local authority; and whether, in view of doubts which exist in this matter, he will make a comprehensive statement on the subject.

Mr. Marples

I assume that the hon. Member has in mind experiments such as the disc parking scheme. I have made an Order which brought into force as from 20th March, the provision of Section 11 of the Road Traffic and Roads Improvement Act, 1960, under which such schemes may be made by local authorities. I am prepared to discuss with any local authority which wishes to make such a scheme the conditions under which it should operate.

Sir B. Janner

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the present parking system, with people rushing from one parking meter to another, is creating an ulcerated nation? Is he prepared to do something to ease the position of those who require to park cars while carrying on their vocation?

Mr. Marples

We are finding that the parking meter system in London is the fairest all round to the motorists. This is the first I have heard about its causing ulcers. The hon. Gentleman asked whether we are still prepared to consider giving approval to experimental parking schemes. If Leicester has an experimental parking scheme in mind, I shall be perfectly prepared to consider it.