§ 56. Sir C. Osborne
asked the Minister of Transport why he failed to consult the responsible trades union leaders before he agreed to increase the speed limit for road haulage vehicles from 30 to 40 miles per hour; and since they have refused to co-operate with the industry because of their belief that it has endangered safety, if he will now consult them and so help to increase national efficiency; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Tom Fraser
The views of the trade unions, as well as of other interested organisations, were obtained and considered before the speed limit for goods vehicles was increased to 40 m.p.h in 1963. The Unions' view that the limit should not be increased, however, was not accepted at the time. On the second part of the Question, I would refer the hon. Member to the Answer given to him on 26th July by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour.