HC Deb 31 July 1963 vol 682 cc417-8
2. Mr. C. Johnson

asked the Minister of Transport when he expects to make an order bringing into operation Section 36 of the Road Traffic Act, 1962, dealing with the regulation of motoring events on public highways; and what is the reason for the delay.

Mr. Marples

As I said in reply to a Question on 24th July by my right hon. Friend the Member for Guildford (Sir R. Nugent), I have appointed a committee to advise me on the regulation of motoring events on public highways. I hope with its assistance to be able to bring regulations into effect in the spring of next year.

Mr. Johnson

I have seen that reply and the right hon. Gentleman will appreciate that the appointment of the Com- mittee was made subsequent to the tabling of this Question. Will he give an assurance that he will expedite the work of the Committee so that its advice will be available in time for him to make recommendations by spring next year?

Mr. Marples

Certainly. The Motor Rallies Advisory Committee held its first meeting on 17th July, its second meeting on 24th July, and a working party met on 30th July. The object is not to control rallies out of existence but to produce a sensible and acceptable system of control which will enable them to continue without unreasonable nuisance. I will do my best to see that this is brought in by the spring of next year.