HC Deb 26 March 1986 vol 94 cc482-3W
Mr. Sheerman

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what arrangements are being made by his regional offices in conjunction with successor bodies for the co-ordination of road safety programmes including accident, investigation and prevention work, after 1 April 1986 in (i) West Yorkshire, (ii) West Midlands, (iii) Greater Manchester, (iv) Tyne and Wear, (v) Merseyside, (vi) South Yorkshire; and if he will name the successor bodies in each of these metropolitan areas.

Mr. Peter Bottomley

[pursuant to his reply, 24 March 1986, c. 365]: Road safety is an integral part of the responsibilities of the district councils as successor authorities. Arrangements for co-ordination are a matter for them. The Department's regional offices have distributed to the district councils advice—notably the guidance note last summer and the code of practice produced by the association of London Borough Engineers and Surveyors. Wherever possible, they have drawn attention in discussion with district councils to the need for effective arrangements for road safety, including coordination.

Decisions taken by the district councils are as follows:

dispute between the National Union of Journalists and Mr. Robert Maxwell in relation to the Scottish Daily Record and the Sunday Mail; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

I understand that no request has been made, although ACAS remains ready to assist where it can.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

asked the Paymaster General what is his policy towards employment in the Glasgow area in the light of the redundancies proposed amongst employees of Mirror Group Newspapers Ltd.; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Lang

The Government's economic strategy is providing the climate of low inflation and sustained growth which is the only sensible and proper way to secure real jobs both in Glasgow and elsewhere. On the Mirror Group dispute, I hope that negotiations between management and the unions involved can be pursued urgently to bring this unfortunate dispute to an end.