HC Deb 19 June 1968 vol 766 c1076
25. Mr. Onslow

asked the Minister of Transport what estimate he has formed of the effect on road casualties that has resulted where "halt" signs have been replaced by "give way" signs.

Mr. Bob Brown

It is still too early to judge, but results so far do not show any general effect either way.

Mr. Onslow

Is not the Ministry conducting any systematic research into this problem? Is not the hon. Gentleman aware of the example in my constituency where there have been serious accidents and deaths at cross roads as a result of this change? Will he not recognise that, whatever the fine theories may be, the test of any such change will be found in practice and measured in human terms?

Mr. Brown

We recognise the problem, but the accident rate at the Mault-way—Chobham Road junction, to which the hon. Gentleman referred, since the change of sign does not indicate any effect either way.