HL Deb 18 July 2002 vol 637 c173WA
Lord Hayhoe

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What reserve powers are available to Ministers to deal with severe instances of traffic congestion in Greater London. [HL5236]

The Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Lord Macdonald of Tradeston)

The Government have direct responsibility for the sections of the national motorway network within the Greater London area. They also have responsibility for the roads in the Royal Parks, but these roads are not public highways as such. All other roads are the responsibility of Transport for London or the relevant London local authority and Ministers have no powers to intervene to deal with traffic congestion.