§ Mr. Ian Lloyd
asked the Minister of Transport whether he will take steps to make available to local authorities a standard portable flashing light indicator similar to those mounted on emergency vehicles, but with a distinctive colour, to be made available to crossing patrolmen and to other authorised persons responsible for school-childrens' safety; and whether he will take steps to make it an offence for any vehicle to exceed 25 miles per hour when approaching within 150 yards of such a light when it is operating.
§ Mr. Tom Fraser
Following the recommendations of the Worboys Committee, new and more conspicuous signs for use by school crossing patrols have been prescribed and all patrols should have them by the end of next August. Most of the patrols operate on roads which already have a speed restriction. I do not consider it would be practicable to have a different speed limit on the approaches to the crossing or to equip the portable signs with flashing lights, I am, however, considering how the "school" warning sign can be made more effective.