§ Mr. HUGHES
asked the Minister of Transport whether the Departmental Committee on the regulation of hackney vehicles has completed its investigation of all known types of top-deck covers for passenger - carrying motor vehicles; whether, in the course of that investigation, the merits of what is known as the Beck Patent Collapsible Hood were considered; and, if so, whether he can make a definite statement as to the result of such investigation?
§ Mr. GOSLING
I understand that a number of top-deck covers for passenger carrying motor vehicles, including the Beck Patent Collapsible Hood, have been examined, and a report on them has been prepared for consideration by the Departmental Committee on the Taxation and Regulation of Road Vehicles. The Committee are considering the question merely from the point of view of the making of general regulations, and it would be clearly improper for any official opinion to be advanced as to the merits of a particular invention.