Accidents (Alcoholic Drinks)

Oral Answers to Questions — Roads – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd November 1955.

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Photo of Mr George Thomas Mr George Thomas , Cardiff West 12:00 am, 2nd November 1955

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what steps he has taken to warn the public of the close relation between road accidents and the drinking of alcohol.

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

By publishing the message inside the front cover of the Highway Code.

Photo of Mr George Thomas Mr George Thomas , Cardiff West

That is not enough. Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the B.M.A. has drawn attention to the increased danger on the roads caused by drinking alcohol and then driving a car? Is he further aware that almost every public house in the countryside is surrounded with motor cars at night and that the danger on the roads is thereby increased? Will he give further consideration to this matter?

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

As the hon. Member may know, Professor Drew of Bristol University, together with the Medical Research Council, is at present conducting an investigation into this very difficult problem. I would prefer not to say anything more about it until I have his report.

Photo of Mr Somerville Hastings Mr Somerville Hastings , Barking

Does the Minister realise that our hoardings are covered with advertisements saying how valuable alcohol is under various conditions? Could he not do something to counteract that?

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

I really have nothing to do with the advertisements that appear on hoardings.

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Lewisham South

As a member of the Government, has not the right hon. Gentleman something to do with the advertisements that appear on Independent Television?

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

All sorts of things appear on television of all sorts.