Derelict Vehicles

Oral Answers to Questions — Local Government – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1st March 1966.

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Photo of Mr David Gibson-Watt Mr David Gibson-Watt , Hereford 12:00 am, 1st March 1966

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what further steps he is taking to solve the problem of the dumping of derelict vehicles.

Photo of Mr Gilbert Longden Mr Gilbert Longden , South West Hertfordshire

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what results have accrued as a result of his Circular 8/65 concerning the disposal of abandoned motor vehicles.

Photo of Mr James MacColl Mr James MacColl , Widnes

Since the issue of Circular 8/65 the Department have continued joint discussions with trade and local authority organisations. Many local authorities have acted on the advice in the circular or are considering how best to do so. The scrap metal and car-breaking trades are interested in extending their activities and there is now better contact between them and local authorities. The situation is constantly under review but the progress already made is encouraging.

Photo of Mr David Gibson-Watt Mr David Gibson-Watt , Hereford

While thanking the hon. Gentleman for his Answer, may I ask if he will tell the House what he is going to do about the derelict junk on his own Front Bench?

Photo of Mr Archibald Manuel Mr Archibald Manuel , Central Ayrshire

That question was a waste of time.

Photo of Mr James MacColl Mr James MacColl , Widnes

I think the derelict junk on the Front Bench will thrive and blossom between now and 31st March.

Photo of Mr Gilbert Longden Mr Gilbert Longden , South West Hertfordshire

Can the Minister tell us what results have actually accrued as the result of his circular, particularly in Hertfordshire?

Photo of Mr James MacColl Mr James MacColl , Widnes

I think that most authorities which have a problem of any size are having discussions, as they are having in Hertfordshire, either for a joint effort, to have common services and sharing them between them, or by agreements with scrap merchants, where that can be done.