§ 11. Mr. Adam Hunter
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what action he is taking to reduce the number of road accidents in Scotland.
§ Dr. Dickson Mabon
New and improved roads, traffic management, publicity and education are all helping to keep down the number of accidents. But care, courtesy and consideration by all road users can make the biggest contribution.
§ Mr. Hunter
Is my hon. Friend aware that the general grant apportionment for 1394 road safety is no higher than that of last year? Would not he agree that, due to the appalling number of accidents in Scotland in recent weeks, some further consideration must be given to this question?
I very much agree. This is why my right hon. Friend and the Minister of Transport have set up the National Road Safety Advisory Council In his Question my hon. Friend is emphasising the point that it is the desire of local authorities to push ahead with this matter which determines the level of expenditure, and I hope that we can proceed further.
§ Mr. Russell Johnston
Is the hon. Gentleman able to say whether the 50 miles per hour speed limit on certain roads in Scotland has had any effect?
It is too early to make an assessment. The Road Research Laboratory is taking the figures, and we hope to discuss this issue with the Laboratory in the near future.
§ Mr. G. Campbell
Would not a restoration of the cuts in the Scottish road programme make a signal contribution in this direction?