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Dan Pettit has had a great send-off as the new president of the Chartered Institute of Transport: for his presidential address in London on Monday the hall of the Commonwealth Institute was more crowded than I have ever seen it before.
And it was not only quantity: many leaders of the industry were present, and who should I spy sitting quietly at one end of the back row but John Peyton, Minister for Transport Industries. When the proceedings were over, he was circulating informally among the members, moving from group to group and obviously showing muchappreciated interest in the work of the Institute.
I wonder whether anyone questioned him about his "pollution package" announced at the Press conference last week. There may also have been some present who would have liked to ask the Minister what sort of reactions he expected from Continental authorities to his declared intention, reiterated at the Press conference, to ask Parliament for powers to impound or turn back incoming vehicles at British ports if they do not comply with our regulations.