HC Deb 08 May 1968 vol 764 cc413-4
14. Sir R. Russell

asked the Minister of Transport what has been the result of the operation of the free controlled parking zone scheme in the London Borough of Enfield; and how it com- pares with meter parking in other boroughs.

Mr. Swingler

The scheme is so far working satisfactorily. It differs from meter zones in other London boroughs in that there is generally enough off-street parking space to meet demand.

Sir R. Russell

Does the Minister agree that in view of the amount of taxation imposed on motorists, the extension of this kind of scheme is more preferable than having meters, particularly from the point of view of street parking?

Mr. Swingler

This kind of scheme is possible when there is an equation of demand and supply for parking space. We want to do everything to encourage boroughs to create more off-street parking space, but in some places it is not possible to produce this equation. Therefore, it is necessary to resort to other techniques.