Oral Answers to Questions — Road Direction Signs

– in the House of Commons on 11th September 1942.

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Photo of Mr Ian Hannah Mr Ian Hannah , Wolverhampton Bilston

asked the Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether he realises the great inconvenience to lorry-drivers and others from the removal of all road direction signs; and will he permit at least some of these to be restored temporarily while a hostile invasion is not imminent?

Photo of Mr Philip Noel-Baker Mr Philip Noel-Baker , Derby

Yes, Sir, I do realise that inconvenience is caused by the removal of road direction signs. But a decision to replace the signs must depend upon military considerations; and in any case, there is at present a shortage of the labour and materials required. I will, however, consult my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for War, and will write to my hon. Friend as soon as possible.

Photo of Mr Ian Hannah Mr Ian Hannah , Wolverhampton Bilston

Is anything known as to how much extra petrol is used by lorries as a result of the removal of these signs?

Photo of Mr Philip Noel-Baker Mr Philip Noel-Baker , Derby

We should like to make a change, but we must be subject to the decision of the military authorities.