Horticultural Produce (Vehicle Loading Regulations)

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th April 1970.

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Photo of Mr Stephen Hastings Mr Stephen Hastings , Mid Bedfordshire 12:00 am, 28th April 1970

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is satisfied with the loading regulations for haulage vehicles carrying horticultural produce; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr Albert Murray Mr Albert Murray , Gravesend

Yes, Sir. Vehicles carrying horticultural produce are subject to the same loading regulations as other goods vehicles, and we see no reason to change this.

Photo of Mr Stephen Hastings Mr Stephen Hastings , Mid Bedfordshire

The Minister plainly says that he is satisfied. Will he accept that no one connected with the haulage of vegetables could possibly agree with him, and that the regulations are resulting in a serious waste of time, labour and money? In the light of experience in this branch of haulage, will he please reexamine the regulations or at least consider doing so?

Photo of Mr Albert Murray Mr Albert Murray , Gravesend

No evidence has been presented to us that the regulations are causing difficulties. [Interruption.] I cannot say any more than that. I am certain that if the hon. Gentleman can produce some evidence he will send it to us.

Photo of Mr Michael Heseltine Mr Michael Heseltine , Tavistock

Is the Minister seriously suggesting that he should be presented with vehicles full of rotten vegetables to support the many representations made by the trade associations on the matter?

Photo of Mr Albert Murray Mr Albert Murray , Gravesend

This is evidence of the Opposition's rotten attitude on the Transport Act. If vehicle operators are finding difficulty with the plating regulations, it may well be that the vehicles were overloaded before the introduction of the Act.

Photo of Mr Stephen Hastings Mr Stephen Hastings , Mid Bedfordshire

On a point of order. In view of the extremely unsatisfactory nature of the Minister's answer, I shall seek to raise the matter on the Adjournment.