HC Deb 24 June 1964 vol 697 cc78-9W
59. Mr. Spriggs

asked the Minister of Transport what were the road casualties in Great Britain for each quarter in 1963; whether the figures represent an increase or decrease with the corresponding four quarters for 1962; and what action he is now taking to deal with the causes.

Mr. Marples

The 1963 figures show an increase of 4 per cent. over 1962. Road accidents have many causes and,

Increase or Decrease
1963 1962 Number Percentage
1st quarter 66,127 69,493 −3,366 −4.8
2nd quarter 90,789 85,547 + 5,242 + 6.1
3rd quarter 100,040 96,287 + 3,753 + 3.9
4th quarter 99,223 90,369 + 8,854 + 9.8
Year 356,179 341,696 +14,483 + 4.2

Mr. George Craddock

asked the Minister of Transport what steps he proposes to take to deal with the increasing number of road accidents, especially having regard to the large increase in fatal accidents over the Whitsuntide period.

Mr. Marples

I would refer the hon. Member to the Answer I have given today to the hon. Member for St. Helens (Mr. Spriggs). It is not possible to draw any firm conclusions from the provisional Whitsuntide figures so far available.