§ Dr. Mawhinney
asked the Secretary of State for Transport why permission was given to three pro-Campaign for Nuclear Disarrnament runners to run down the A1; and what account he took of the potential danger both to the runners and to other road users, and the necessity for a mobile police guard for the runners.
§ Mrs. Chalker
Neither my Department nor the police are aware of the incident to which my hon. Friend refers. Formal permission for runners to use the highway is not required, but, in the interests of road safety, those organising events which involve running or walking on the carriageway are strongly advised to consult the police in advance as to the suitability of the route proposed, and the need for precautionary measures.