§ Sir H. Kerr
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs if he will now make a further statement about the setting up of the Working Party on Piccadilly Circus.
Sir K. Joseph
My right hon. Friend the Minister of Transport and I have set up a Working Party with the following terms of referenceTo determine the area which is of significance in relation to the traffic passing through Piccadilly Circus, and to consider probable developments in that area affecting the volume and composition of that traffic in the foreseeable future; to consider what measures could be taken in that area during the next twenty years to deal with the traffic expected; and in the light of this to assess the load of traffic for which the Circus will have to provide".
The Working Party comprises officials of the Ministries of Housing and Local Government and Transport, the London County Council and the Westminster City Council; Mr. O. A. Kerensky, C.B.E., B.Sc., M.I.C.E., M.I.Struct.E., M.I.H.E., an eminent civil engineer and a partner in Freeman, Fox and Partners, consulting engineers, who are responsible for the London Traffic Survey: and Mr. G. L. Drake the Director of the Survey.
The Working Party will need several months to complete its task; I cannot give a close estimate. Its report will be published.