HC Deb 19 November 1984 vol 68 c43W
Mr. Wheeler

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he has authority to order a public inquiry into the Greater London council's proposed ban on heavy lorries.

Mr. Ridley

As I said to my hon. Friend the Member for Enfield, North (Mr. Eggar) on 12 November, at column 404, I have made clear my view that for a major London-wide proposal of this magnitude a properly constituted public inquiry would provide a well established, democratic method of assessment.

I understand that the GLC transport committee will be meeting on 21 November to consider the massive response to consultation and the many hundreds of calls for a public inquiry.

If the GLC decides not to hold an inquiry, I have powers under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 to hold inquiries in connection with the exercise of my powers under the Act.

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