§ 54. Mr. Watkins
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in view of the accident on the Brecon to Hay-on-Wye road on 30th August in which a lorry carrying a large load of nitric acid was involved, whether he will hold an inquiry into the deaths of two men; and whether he will make regulations under the Petroleum (Consolidation) Act 1948 to regulate the conveyance of nitric acid by road for the protection of persons and property.
§ Mr. Brooke
I have no power to order an inquiry into the tragic death of these two men. The coroner has held an inquest. I have received a full report from the police, and there is no uncertainty as to how the accident occurred.212W
The nitric acid was packed in a manner which is standard and proper practice, and, as at present advised, I do not consider that the facts of this case prove the need to impose statutory control over the conveyance of this substance by road.