HC Deb 02 December 1959 vol 614 c130W
72. Mr. Wingfield Digby

asked the Minister of Transport whether, after further experience of conditions on the M.1 has been obtained, he will consider a minimum speed limit for all traffic.

Mr. Marples

Nearly all slow-moving vehicles are already banned from M.1, but I should be ready to consider a minimum speed limit if further experience should show this to be desirable.

73. Sir C. Taylor

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is now prepared to make regulations whereby a 40-milesper-hour speed limit may be imposed in appropriate circumstances in other parts of the country as well as in the London traffic area.

Mr. Marples

Under the Road Traffic Act of 1956 I cannot extend the 40 miles-per-hour speed limit outside the London Traffic Area until I have received and laid before Parliament the views of the Road Safety Committee.

The whole question is at present before that Committee, and I expect to be able to report their views, and my recommendation, to Parliament early in the New Year.