§ Lord HOUGHTON of SOWERBY
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What provision is made for lawful parking of coaches in Marsham Street, Westminster; what steps are being taken to curb unlawful parking; and whether traffic congestion and pollution are taken into account in British Tourist Authority and departmental claims about the benefits of tourism to the economy.
§ Lord BELLWIN
There are four metered parking bays for coaches in Marsham Street, Westminster. The Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis is responsible for enforcement of parking regulations, which he undertakes in the light of resources available to him and the competing claims upon them. It is not possible to identify separately the tourist element of traffic congestion and pollution but the British Tourist Authority and the Government believe that its effect is outweighed by the economic and social benefits which this country derives from tourism.