§ LORD BRECON
asked Her Majesty's Government:
- (1) how many motor car and motor cycle trials or rallies took place in the Brecon Beacons National Park in each of the years, 1970, 1971 and 1972;
- (2) the name of each club taking part in these rallies and the number of vehicles in each rally;
- (3) the day of the week on which each rally took place;
- (4) the starting and finishing time of each event;
- (5) whether police permission was given on each occasion;
- (6) which local authorities were informed and whether they granted their permission;
- (7) how were the public informed of these rallies and how long before each event.
§ THE MINISTER OF STATE, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SECURITY (LORD ABERDARE)
Government Departments do not keep records of motor rallies which are autho
Club Date Cars 1970 Herefordshire M.C. 10th/l1th January 75 Bridgend A.C. 21st/22nd February 90 Herefordshire M.C. 14th/15th March 120 University College of Swansea M.C. 28th February/1st March 90 Swansea M.C. 11th/12th March 120 Aberdare M.C. 18th/19th April 120 Girling A.C. 21st/22nd March 75 Aberdare M.C. 14th June 60 Carmarthen M.C. 27th/28th June 75 Abergavenny A.C. 1st/2nd August 100 Aberdare M.C. 18th/19th July 75 Blackmill & District M.C. 23rd/24th May 75 Sevenoaks & District M.C. 26th/27th September 75 Newport C.C. 27th/28th June 75 South Wales A.C. 2lst/22nd November 120 Swansea M.C. 12th/l3th September 70 Craven M.C. 24th/25th October 100 Oxford C.D.C. 19th/20th December 120 1971 Port Talbot M.C. 20th/21st January 90 Dursley M.C. & L.C.C. 23rd/24th January 90 Girling A.C. 30th/31st January 75 University College of Swansea M.C. 27th/28th February 120 Saunders Valves C.C. 6th/7th March 75 Herefordshire M.C. 13th/14th March 120 South Wales A.C. 8th/10th May 180 Brecon M.C. 10th/11th April 120 Cardiff Colleges M.C. 13th/14th February 120 Swansea M.C. 27th/28th March 120 Aberdare M.C. 17th/l8th April 120 Birmingham S.C. 11th July 90 Brecon M.C. 21st/22nd August 120 Welsh Counties C.C. 28th/29th August 120 Tredegar A.C. 18th/19th September 70 Vintage M.C.C. (S.W. Wales Section) 25th July 50 1972 Port Talbot M.C. 31st July/1st August 75 Redditch C.C. 6th/7th November 100 University College of Swansea M.C. 13th/14th November 90 Oxford University M.D.C. 4th/5th December 120 Port Talbot M.C. 11th/12th December 120 Sixty & Worcester M.C. 15th/16th January 90 Quinton M.C. 12th/l3th February 120 University College of Swansea M.C. 26th/27th February 120 Saunders Valves M.C. 4th/5th March 75 Herefordshire M.C. 20th/21st May 120 Aberdare M.C. 11th June 60 Port Talbot M.C. 8th/9th July 90 Abergavenny A.C. 29th/30th julv 100 Vintage M.C.C. 23rd July 50 Brecon M.C. 19th/20th August 120 Ludlow Castle M.C. 12th/13th August 120 Veteran C.C. of G.B. 17th/23rd September 65 Blackmill & District M.C. 14th/l5th October 90 University College of Swansea M.C. 11th/12th November 90 Pontypridd A.C. 7th/8th October 75
rised by the Royal Automobile Club. The full details asked for by the noble Lord are not available, but from the information available to the R.A.C. I understand that there was a total of 59 events held in the Brecon Beacons National Park area during the years 1970, 1971 and 1972. The name of each club, date of the event, together with an approximate number of competitors, is as follows:761WA
Club Date Cars 1972 Forresters C.C. 28th/29th October 75 Wolverhampton & S.Staffs.M.C. 11th November 180 South Wales A.C. 25th/26thNovember 120 Plaid Cymru Neath Branch 2nd September 40 Aberdare M.C. 9th/10th December 120
Events involving not more than 12 vehicles do not normally require the R.A.C. authorisation.
The start and finish times of the events listed are not available but where two dates are given it indicates an overnight event.
The Motor Vehicles (Competition and Trials) Regulations 1969 do not require local authorities to be informed of art event, but they require the R.A.C., before authorising an event, to notify the chief constable of the area in which it is to take place and to consult with the appropriate local planning authority if it is to be held in the area of a National Park.
As regards informing the public, the R.A.C. encourage clubs to undertake public relations work but cannot require them to do so. Organisers generally conscientiously try to establish good relations with local residents before a rally takes place. One of the recognised ways of doing this is to distribute explanatory leaflets to local residences in advance of the holding of a rally.