§ 23. Mr. C. Pannell
asked the Minister of Transport what have been the results of the work done by the special partnership between her Department, the Ministry of Housing and Local Government and the Leeds City Council in the fields of traffic, transport and related problems; and what further work is contemplated.
§ Mrs. Castle
The work has shown how integrated policies for planning, housing, public transport, road construction, traffic management and parking can be directed to a realistic common end. It has also clarified the ways in which public and private transport can be brought into a proper balance.
We propose to embody the lessons in a joint publication.
The partnership is now concentrating on ways of improving public transport and on environmental problems.
§ Mr. Pannell
I thank my right hon. Friend for that reply, in which she indicates, presumably, a great deal of satisfaction; but, if this is such an unmitigated success, does she intend to extend the principle to less fortunate Yorkshire cities?
§ Mrs. Castle
This imaginative concept of partnership between my Ministry and Leeds City Corporation for which my right hon. Friend the Member for Hamilton (Mr. Tom Fraser) must take full credit—I gladly accord it to him—points the way in which we can have joint studies which will encourage local authorities to do as Leeds has done, that is, to look at the problem of transport as a whole and draw up a balanced plan.