HC Deb 06 July 1953 vol 517 cc59-60W
74. Brigadier Medlicott

asked the Minister of Transport whether, in view of the interest taken by children in television programmes, he will invite the co-operation of the British Broadcasting Corporation in making further use of television for encouraging and helping children to take the utmost care when using the roads.

Mr. Braithwaite

I am sure that the B.B.C., who already devote much programme time both on sound radio and television to road safety, will continue to bear in mind the point made by my hon. and gallant Friend.

89. Miss Herbison

asked the Minister of Transport if, in view of the high fatal road accident rates, he will recommend the setting up of a Royal Commission to examine this matter.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

The problem of road accidents has been studied over a long period and the Departmental Committee on Road Safety keep it under constant review. I am by no means convinced that a Royal Commission would add materially to existing knowledge of the problem or be able to suggest novel and effective means for its solution.

Mr. Lewis

asked the Minister of Transport whether, in the interest of road safety, he will introduce a regulation making it illegal for any person to throw anything out of a motor coach, omnibus or car, when in motion, with severe penalties for breaking this regulation, especially where lighted cigarettes are disposed of in this manner.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

So far as passengers in motor coaches and omnibuses are concerned regulations are already in force which make it an offence for a passenger to throw out of the vehicle any article or thing likely to annoy persons or to cause danger or injury to any person or property. I do not know of any evidence which would justify me in extending this prohibition.

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