HC Deb 05 December 1963 vol 685 cc211-2W
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.

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.

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