I cannot yet add to my Answer last week to Questions by my hon. Friend the Member for Norfolk, Central (Sir F. Medlicott) and the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Vauxhall (Mr. G. R. Strauss).
Does my right hon. Friend not realise the urgency of this matter? There are today, to my knowledge, five different types of these flashing lights, with five different colours. Since 1939 the need for standardisation has been impressed upon us. Why, therefore, should we have so much confusion with so many different signals?
As, I think, my hon. Friend knows, the use of these devices was authorised a year or two ago at the request of the motor industry to facilitate its export trade so as to permit standardisation of signs on the basis of those used in foreign countries. I really think that before deciding to make any reversal of what was, from the point of view of that important trade, a valuable concession, it is essential to complete a proper and expert examination, and to be quite clear which of these signs can be authorised and can continue to be authorised without danger. It is not quite so easy a matter as my hon. Friend might think.
Yes. That, of course, is my prime responsibility in the matter; but the same considerations do not apply to all these signs, and I think it is important to get the answer right.
Will the Minister remind the British Motor Trade Association that the car which sells the best in the world and is today competing effectively with British production is the Volkswagen, which still has the arm type of indicator? If that is selling in Europe and America, why should we resort to flashing indicators?