HC Deb 23 June 1954 vol 529 cc33-4W
98. Mr. Langford-Holt

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether he has yet reached a decision about the recommendations on underground car parks contained in the report of the Working Party on Car Parking in the Inner Area of London.


Yes. The Government have decided that to reduce congestion in the streets of London the project for underground car parks is worth further examination. I have, therefore, engaged Sir Owen Williams and Partners, Messrs. Bylander and Waddell and Sir William Halcrow and Partners as consultants to prepare as soon as possible detailed plans and estimates for garages under Grosvenor Square, Cavendish Square and Finsbury Square respectively. When I have their reports I shall discuss the matter with the local authorities and other interests concerned before any further decisions are taken.

I have no power at present to authorise the use of parking meters on the highway, but I propose to legalise them in future road traffic legislation.