HC Deb 15 January 1964 vol 687 cc30-1W
50. Mr. George Craddock

asked the Minister of Transport to what extent the study being made by his Department of the large number of fatal road accidents during the Christmas period will take into account the closure of the railways on Christmas Day.

Mr. Marples

Not at all. The purpose of the inquiry I have asked the Road Research Laboratory to carry out is to examine what actually happened, not what might have happened in different circumstances.

55. Mr. John Hall

asked the Minister of Transport what was the total of road accidents caused by motor vehicles and the total deaths resulting there from in the United Kingdom in each of the five years 1959–63 inclusive; and what percentage these accidents and deaths, respectively, represent of the total of vehicles registered in each of these years.

Number of accidents Number of deaths Number of motor vehicles involved in accidents As percentage of motor vehicles licensed for use on the roads
(A) (B) (C) (A) (B) (C)
1959 261,216 6,520 358,251 3.20 0.080 4.38
1960 271,787 6,970 380,132 3.04 0.078 4.25
1961 270,295 6,908 381,070 2.86 0.073 4.02
1962 264,032 6,709 376,425 2.63 0.067 3.74
Jan. to Oct. 1963 221,310 5,399 321,425
*Figures for the United Kingdom are not available.