HC Deb 10 March 1960 vol 619 cc46-7W
63. Mr. McLaren

asked the Minister of Transport whether he will now give the date when he will make a Statutory Instrument bringing Section 4 (3) and (4) of the Road Traffic Act, 1956, as to a separate limit of speed of 40 miles per hour, into operation.

Mr. Marples

Section 4 (5) of the Road Traffic Act, 1956, requires me in the first instance to report to each House the views of the Departmental Road Safety Committee on the results of the London experiment with the 40 mp.h. speed limit. The Report is being printed, and I expect to submit it in the very near future. When Parliament has had time to consider it, I shall lay before both Houses the Statutory Instrument referred to by my hon. Friend. I shall not, however, do this until I am also in a position, jointly with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland, to present regulations prescribing the necessary traffic signs for use throughout the country. This involves prior consultation with the interests concerned.

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