Parking Facilities

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 Stanley Awbery Mr Stanley Awbery , Bristol Central 12:00 am, 2nd November 1955

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, in view of the difficulties experienced by local authorities in finding parking places for vehicles, what methods he has considered of dealing with this problem other than those in general use.

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

I am endeavouring to encourage the provision of off-street parking facilities both by local authorities and private enterprise and am always ready to make available to them the large amount of technical information in the possession of by Department. I would also draw the hon. Member's attention to the Road Traffic Bill now before Parliament.

Photo of Mr Stanley Awbery Mr Stanley Awbery , Bristol Central

Quite a number of schemes have been propounded for garaging cars in buildings with multi-floor space. Has the Minister considered those?

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

I am glad to say that quite a number of local authorities are proposing and contemplating schemes of this sort. As I said in my original Answer, I am only too glad to assist them with the very large amount of technical information from the United States and elsewhere which I have at my disposal.

Photo of Mr David Renton Mr David Renton , Huntingdonshire

As the parking-meter experiment is likely to be a complete success, and in any case can only be a partial failure, will my right hon. Friend do everything possible to expedite the passage of the Road Traffic Bill through the House and so get the experiment started?

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

I agree that the parking meter can help, but the passage of the Bill is, of course, a matter for Parliament.