HC Deb 02 February 1966 vol 723 cc226-7W
88. Mr. Fletcher-Cooke

asked the Minister of Transport how many motorists were questioned as to their views on the 70 miles per hour speed limit before her Department stated in its advertisements that 60 per cent. of all motorists were in favour of the limit.

Mr. John Morris

The number of motorists in the random sample of electors questioned by the National Opinion Poll was 430.

103. Mr. Kitson

asked the Minister of Transport what representations she has received from outside organisations asking her to reconsider the 70 miles per hour speed limit on motorways; and what reply she has sent.

Mr. John Morris

My right hon. Friend has received several communications, from various bodies, about the 70 m.p.h. experimental speed limit. She will take into account the views expressed by these and other bodies concerned when deciding the course to be adopted after the experiment ends on 13th April.

Sir Clive Bossom

asked the Minister of Transport what are the factors which the Road Research Laboratory has been instructed to take into consideration when assessing the results achieved by the experimental 70 miles per hour speed limit.

Mr. John Morris

The Road Research Laboratory will make "before" and "after" comparisons of accidents and casualties, taking into consideration vehicle speeds, traffic flow, weather conditions aid any exceptional circumstances.

Additional evidence on such matters as driver behaviour and the general effects of the speed limit on motorways will be provided by the police, the R.A.C., the A.A. and other representative organisations; this will be taken into account in addition to the assessment by the Road Research Laboratory.