Vehicles (Reflective Number Plates)

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

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Photo of Mr James Dance Mr James Dance , Bromsgrove 12:00 am, 19th April 1967

asked the Minister of Transport whether she has now completed her consideration of the advantages to be obtained from the use of reflector number plates on vehicles; and whether she will make a statement.

Photo of Mr Ken Lomas Mr Ken Lomas , Huddersfield West

asked the Minister of Transport (1) if she will give an assurance that she will introduce, within this or in the next Session of Parliament, legislation permitting the use of reflective number plates as an aid to road safety;

(2) when she expects her Lighting Working Party to report its findings on the value of reflective number plates; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Sir John Morris Sir John Morris Parliamentary Secretary (Ministry of Transport)

The Lighting Working Party is still considering the use of reflective number plates and will make recommendations as soon as its study is complete.

I am unable to anticipate these recommendations.

Photo of Mr James Dance Mr James Dance , Bromsgrove

But is the hon. Gentleman aware that this is entirely unsatisfactory, as it must be obvious to everybody that these reflector number plates will aid safety? Why are the Government taking so long to reach a decision? Surely we can say on the spot that these are valuable. They have been used in other countries to great advantage.

Photo of Sir John Morris Sir John Morris Parliamentary Secretary (Ministry of Transport)

The Road Research Laboratory made a report on 12th January this year on these plates. The working party saw a demonstration on 29th February and this is the first item on the agenda at the next meeting on 9th May. I can assure the hon. Gentleman that, once a recommendation comes to the Minister, it will receive high priority.

Photo of Mr Ken Lomas Mr Ken Lomas , Huddersfield West

Is my hon. Friend aware that, by the end of this year, about 40 million vehicles in the world will be equipped with these reflector safety plates, which is sufficient proof in itself? May I draw my right hon. Friend's attention to the Ten Minute Rule Bill which I introduced this morning, and hope that it will be given every consideration?

Photo of Sir John Morris Sir John Morris Parliamentary Secretary (Ministry of Transport)

I am aware of the Bill which my hon. Friend introduced, as is my hon. Friend the other Joint Parliamentary Secretary, who has been in correspondence with my hon. Friend. I can assure him that, once a recommendation comes to the Minister from the working party, it will receive a high priority.

Photo of Dr Horace King Dr Horace King , Southampton, Itchen

Mr. James Dance, Question No. 26.

Photo of Mr Eric Ogden Mr Eric Ogden , Liverpool, West Derby

On a point of order. With respect, my hon. Friend answered Questions No. 25 and Nos. 47 and 48 together. Question No. 65, in my name, is on the same point. May I be given the opportunity to ask a question?

Photo of Dr Horace King Dr Horace King , Southampton, Itchen

I am not responsible for the grouping of questions by a Minister.