§ Mr. Stunell
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what plans he has to give local authorities a general power to introduce speed limits of less than 30 mph in residential areas and erect signs to indicate this zone; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Ms Glenda Jackson
My right hon. Friend the Minister of Transport has confirmed that we intend to remove the need for local highway authorities to obtain central government consent to make 20 mph speed limits and to sign them appropriately. My officials are currently working on the necessary secondary legislation.