HC Deb 29 July 1997 vol 299 c196W
41. Mrs. Anne Campbell

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what assessment he has made of the viability of traffic-free city centres. [9391]

Ms Glenda Jackson

The Government believe that properly designed vehicle restricted areas can improve the local environment while sustaining or enhancing economic vitality. Decisions on whether to exclude traffic from town centres are a matter for the judgment of the local authority.