HC Deb 05 July 1923 vol 166 cc636-7W

asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of the present congestion of traffic in London streets, he will consider whether the Commissioner of Police could be given powers to discriminate between fast and slow moving traffic, with a view to diverting the latter from the main thoroughfares; what measures are necessary to confer these powers on the Chief Commissioner; what difficulties or objections, if any, stand in the way of conferring these powers on the Chief Commissioner; and, in view of the general public complaints of the congestion in London streets, will he seek to accelerate the conferment of such powers on the Chief Commissioner, and empower him subsequently to submit a scheme for approval to the Home Department to ameliorate the conditions of traffic in the Metropolitan area or the most congested districts?

Colonel ASHLEY

I have been asked to answer this question. I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer given on 2nd July to my hon. Friend the Member for Acton (Sir H. Brittain), of which I am sending him a copy.