HC Deb 17 November 1971 vol 826 cc416-7
45. Mr. Dodds-Parker

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will maintain the speed limit on A46 within Cheltenham until the local authority agrees that it be altered.

Mr. Peyton

No, Sir.

Mr. Dodds-Parker

If local administration is to amount to anything, is not this the sort of decision which should be taken locally and not by central authorities?

Mr. Peyton

A great deal of importance is attached to local opinion on the question of speed limits. But it is, I think, desirable that speed limits should be realistic, and in the experience of my Department they are better observed where there is some movement to make them a little more realistic.