HC Deb 17 March 1965 vol 708 c280W
Mr. Murray

asked the Minister of Transport, in view of the dangers of high-speed traffic in built-up and semi-built-up areas, if he will refuse all applications for the raising of speed limits to 40 miles per hour for distances of less than five miles.

Mr. Tom Fraser

To be effective a speed limit must be set at a level appropriate to prevailing road conditions and characteristics. These change over varying distances and it would be unrealistic to confine 40 m.p.h. speed limits to a minimum length of 5 miles.