§ Viscount CURZON
asked the Minister of Transport what steps have been taken to set up the London traffic authority; whether he will direct their attention to repair work being carried on along the north side of Clapham Common; whether he is aware that these repairs to under a mile of road surface have taken five months so far and are still far from completion; and whether he will take steps to see that, in future, all road repairs are proceeded with as rapidly as possible in the London traffic area?
§ Mr. GOSLING
All possible steps have been taken to set up the London Traffic Committee. As the Noble Lord is aware 527W Parliament, when the Bill was before them, decided on the introduction of special machinery for the nomination of representatives on the Committee, and these nominations cannot be completed until after the 27th November. The repair works to which the Noble Lord refers in the latter part of his question were, I am informed, commenced on the 10th June last and will be completed about the end of this month. I am assured that the works in question are being carried out with all reasonable despatch. I am as anxious as the Noble Lord that road repairs in the London traffic area should be carried out as expeditiously as practicable, and when the Committee get to work road repairs to important thoroughfares will be subject to the provisions of Section 4 of the Act.