HC Deb 20 February 1963 vol 672 cc64-5W
88. Mr. Dance

asked the Minister of Transport how many multiple accidents have occurred on the M.1 motorway in the most recent six-monthly period for which figures are available; how many vehicles were involved; what are believed to have been the chief and contributory causes in each case; and what methods were adopted by the police, upon arrival on the scene, to prevent further collisions.

Mr. Marples

in the last six months of 1962 there were 30 accidents in which three or more vehicles were involved. In each case, however, it appears that the vehicles were involved more or less at the same time and so far as is known there was no case of a vehicle running into an earlier accident. I understand that the usual procedure adopted by the Police is to put out warning signs in accordance with a written code of practice, but the action of the Police in any particular accident is a question for my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary.