asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if, in view of the need to have traffic lights, subways or pedestrian crossings sited where dangers to the community exist, he will reconsider the criteria in operation for agreeing for instance to pedestrian crossings.
The criteria already take into account accidents and risks to pedestrians; but if my hon. Friend has a particular instance in mind I will of course be very happy to look at it.
I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that statement. I hope he will accept it when I say that I regard the present system as old-fashioned and am glad to know that some progress is being made. There are many examples in the Counties of Northumberland and Durham, so perhaps my hon. Friend will take a much more forward-looking and modern view, bearing in mind that the aim of this Government is modernisation.