London Traffic.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons on 30th October 1929.

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Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

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asked the Minister of Transport whether he has now any proposals to lay before the House in relation to London traffic?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

I am not at the present time in a position to lay proposals before the House. The problem is admittedly one of great complexity, and it is engaging the close attention of the Government.

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

Do I understand that, after the Government have wantonly destroyed the last London Traffic Bills—[Interruption].

Photo of Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy , Daventry

It would be better if the question were put without the adjective.

HON. MEMBERS:

Withdraw!

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

Do I understand that, after the Government have destroyed the last Traffic Bills, they have no proposal to make?

Mr. MACLEAN:

On a point of Order. Were the Bills destroyed by the Government?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

The Bills were rejected by the House of Commons. The question was whether the Government to-day have any proposals to submit. The answer to that was in the negative, but the whole situation is engaging the very close attention of the Government.

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

Will the hon. Gentleman state, then, when he will be in a position to make a statement?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

I am not in a position to state when proposals will be submitted, but I understand that my right hon. Friend the Lord Privy Seal will be referring to the matter on Monday.

Photo of Sir Kingsley Wood Sir Kingsley Wood , Woolwich West

Why does not the hon. Gentleman appoint another Committee to get him out of his difficulties?

Photo of Mr George Balfour Mr George Balfour , Hampstead

Is it not a fact that these Measures were rejected in this House on the advice of His Majesty's Government, and that the Whips were put on for Private Bill procedure?

Photo of Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy , Daventry

The question as to who was responsible does not directly arise out of the answer.