Road Safety Advisory Council

Oral Answers to Questions — Roads – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 19th April 1967.

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Photo of Mr David Webster Mr David Webster , Weston-Super-Mare 12:00 am, 19th April 1967

asked the Minister of Transport what is the composition of the Road Safety Advisory Council.

Photo of Mrs Barbara Castle Mrs Barbara Castle , Blackburn

The Chairman of the Council is my hon. Friend the Member for Aberavon (Mr. John Morris), and the Vice-Chairman is Sir Alfred Owen. There are 18 other members drawn from all walks of life. With permission, I will circulate the full list in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Photo of Mr David Webster Mr David Webster , Weston-Super-Mare

Why has the right hon. Lady replaced the distinguished and independent Chairman, Sir Alfred Owen, by the Joint Parliamentary Secretary, and thereby muzzled this body from any form of independence?

Photo of Mrs Barbara Castle Mrs Barbara Castle , Blackburn

This body is not muzzled at all. It is still free to make its views known to me on the subjects with which it is dealing. What we have sought to do in this context—and I am glad to say that Sir Alfred Owen recognises the strength of this argument and has willingly agreed to continue to serve as Vice-Chairman—is to give a professional and scientific direction to the road safety work of the country through the development of my own Department's activities. We will seek the advice of the Council as the advice of laymen whom we want to express a view on our policy.

Photo of Mr Ken Lomas Mr Ken Lomas , Huddersfield West

Will my right hon. Friend give a firm assurance that she will consult the Road Safety Advisory Council when she is formulating her future policy?

Photo of Mrs Barbara Castle Mrs Barbara Castle , Blackburn

Yes, indeed we will. We have already referred to the Council the ideas which we have evolved for inclusion in the White Paper on road safety which I shall be presenting to the House before very long.

Following is the list:

The National Road Safety Advisory Council is composed of the following twenty members:

  • Mr. John Morris (Chairman)
  • Sir Alfred Owen (Vice-Chairman)
  • Mr. Wilfrid Andrews
  • Mr. Norman Capener
  • The Lord Chesham
  • Mr. Jim Clark
  • Sir Maurice Dean
  • Mr. Alec Durie
  • Miss Mary Grieve
  • Mr. Arthur Harby
  • Professor Richard Hare
  • Lady Janner
  • The RL Rev. G. D. Leonard, Suffragan Bishop of Willesden
  • Sir Herber Manzoni
  • Mrs. Marie Patterson
  • Sir Howard Roberts
  • Lt. Col. Richard Seifort
  • Councillor Henry Sturrock
  • Mrs. Bessie Whitworth
  • The Lord Willis