HC Deb 27 July 1998 vol 317 c6W
Mr. Brake

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will discuss with the Home Secretary the inclusion within the objectives for the police service of new targets for(a) reducing road accidents and (b) improving the operation of buses in congested areas. [51812]

Ms Glenda Jackson

We regularly discuss the full range of road safety and road policing issues with Home Office Ministers. We have given a commitment in the White paper,A New Deal for Transport: Better for everyone, to set a new target for the reduction of road casualties by 2010 (para 3.219) and the police are ready to play their role in helping meet that target. We have also said (para 3.101) that a different approach to traffic management would be adopted whereby more space would be given to pedestrians, cyclists and public transport. Local authorities will set out their proposals for delivering integrated transport in the new 'local transport plans' (paras 4.73–4.77). Local authorities will need actively to involve a wide range of organizations—including the police—in drawing up these plans.