HC Deb 26 November 1973 vol 865 c24W
Sir J. Gilmour

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will issue a general direction to British Rail to maximise the use of motor rail services, so as to increase the number of places for transporting motor cars by rail in the interest of fuel economy.

Mr. Peyton

No. But I have asked the Chairman of the British Railways Board to help by seeking any fuel economies that would be practicable while maintaining essential services.

Mr. Madel

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if, in the light of public response to his request for voluntary action, he will introduce legislation imposing a compulsory 50 miles per hour limit during the present petrol shortage.

Mr. Peyton

Since the majority of motorists are observing a voluntary limit of 50 mph, the need for legislation will not, I hope, arise.