§ Mr. Kirkhope
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he intends to bring into force the Parking Act 1989.
§ Mr. Atkins
The Parking Act 1989 is being brought into force by commencement order today. It paves the way for a wider range of parking equipment to be approved for use by local authorities in parking places under their control. In particular "cashless" systems—which offer advantages in security, flexibility and convenience—will be able to be approved for off-street use. An explanatory circular (DTp 2/90 WO 21/90) has been issued to local authorities and is available from Her Majesty's Stationery Office.