HL Deb 07 November 1961 vol 235 cc211-2

2.35 p.m.


My Lords, I beg leave to ask the Question which stands in my name on the Order Paper.

[The Question was as follows:

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their attention has been drawn to the case of Clifford-Turner v. Waterman in which the Divisional Court, on the 24th October last, decided that it was an offence for a person to cause his car to wait outside his own house in a restricted area (even for five minutes) to enable him to deliver and collect a parcel; whether this decision would prevent a person returning home from a journey from taking his luggage out of his car; and whether they will amend the regulations so as to remove this great hardship which deprives residents in a restricted area of the effective use of their cars.]


My Lords, I have read the newspaper reports of this case. The offence was committed on September 24, 1960. Subsequently the regulations have been amended to allow a vehicle to wait in a restricted street in a controlled parking zone—and I quote: for so long as may be necessary for the purpose of enabling any person to board or alight from the vehicle or to load thereon or unload therefrom his personal luggage. The point which the noble Lord has raised is therefore already covered by the present regulations.


My Lords, I am very comforted to hear that reply. Could the noble Lord tell me when that regulation was made?


My Lords, that regulation was made on May 20 this year.


My Lords, may I ask the noble Lord if it is not proved that the householder who has made and paid for the street has a Common Law right to draw up a vehicle at his door; and is it possible by regulation to take away that Common Law right?


My Lords, I thought that the regulation to which I referred seemed to indicate the householder had the right.

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