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ROAD TRANSPORT MATTERS IN PARLIAMENT.

15th November 1927, Page 126
15th November 1927
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Page 126, 15th November 1927 — ROAD TRANSPORT MATTERS IN PARLIAMENT.
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Autumn Sittings in Parliament. The Lights on Vehicles Bill. The Proposed London Traffic Pool.

By Our. Special Parliamentary Correspondent.

VIARLIA.MENT resumed on Tuesday last and will

conclude the sittings of the session in the week preceding Christmas. It is not expected that mechanical road transport subjects will engage a great deal of attention apart from the usual crop of questions addressed to the Minister of Transport and the Home Secretary. There is no possibility of flip half-shapen legislation of private members now hanging in suspense proceeding further this session, with the exception of the Road Transport Lighting Bill, and, of course, the Government's Road Traffic Bill is marked down for next session.

The Lighting Bill.

MR. LOUGHER'S Road Transport Lighting Bill, which, it may be recalled, embodied the lighting provisions of the Draft Road Traffic Bill of the Government, and had reached the third reading stage before Parliament adjourned in July, has a fairly good chance of reaching the Statute Book before Christmas if decided opposition does not supervene. There was a suggestion of opposition when the third reading debate had to be postponed, and it will be a great pity if this useful instalment of the greater traffic measure .is not allowed to get through. Its passage would certainly make it easier for Colonel Ashley to obtain a place in next session's programme for the remaining parts of the draft road traffic measure.

Proposed Traffic Pool.

IN connection with the approval given by the L.C.C. to the London traffic pooling system proposed by the London Traffic Advisory Cdmmittee, I understand that the London General Omnibus Company, together with the Tube railways, is also favourable to the principle of the system, whilst reserving opinion on the details of any scheme. Independent companies are said to be contemplating the formation of a representative body to look after their interests. Legislation is expected to be irsiroduced next session, but meanwhile Colonel Ashley in Parliament has contented himself with intimating that copies of the report were sent to the passenger transport undertakings in the London traffic area asking for their observations on the Committee's proposals, and he would not be in a position to make any statement upon the subject until he. had received and considered the replies of the concerns in question.

No Prohibition of Spot-lights.

(IN being asked whether any counties in England 1.../were prohibiting the use of spot-lights on motor vehicles, the Minister of Transport stated that he was not aware that any county council had prohibited spot-lights.

Road Schemes and Unemployment.

yr R. BETTER.TON, Parliamentary Secretary to the ...LiaMinistry of Labour, states that the number of schemes of work to assist unemployment and in operation on September 24th, for which grants had been approved by the Unemployment Grants Committee or the Ministry of Transport, was 603, employing 25,025 men. In addition, there were 86 schemes which had been approved hut on which work had not commenced at that date.


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