§ Mr. Lilley
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) if he is aware of the present traffic congestion in Glasgow, and of the problem that will arise in the future from the increase of traffic; what consultations he has had with the Corporation on this subject; and what action he is taking to relieve traffic congestion in the City;
(2) in view of the effects of the Beeching Report proposals and those of the 74W Buchanan Report, if he will consider the desirability of co-ordinating the passenger traffic facilities of the Glasgow and Clyde Valley area by the creation of a Glasgow and Clyde Valley Regional Passenger Transport Board, as at present being considered by the Glasgow Corporation.
§ Mr. Noble
Arrangements for a survey of the transportation problems arising in the City and the surrounding areas are being discussed between Glasgow Corporation, the transport operators, the Ministry of Transport and my Department; and the discussions will shortly be extended to include the neighbouring local authorities. My right hon. Friend, the Minister of Transport, tells me that he would regard any suggestion of a Regional Passenger Transport Board as premature.
Questions of present traffic congestion in Glasgow are a matter for the Corporation who are the responsible highway authority; the hon. Member will be aware that an experimental scheme for a one-way working in certain of the principal streets has recently been introduced.