Road Signs

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th November 1972.

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Photo of Mr Gwynoro Jones Mr Gwynoro Jones , Carmarthen 12:00 am, 27th November 1972

asked the Secretary of State for Wales when he received the report of the Bowen Committee on Road Signs.

Photo of Mr Gwynoro Jones Mr Gwynoro Jones , Carmarthen

Does not the Secretary of State agree that it is deplorable that the Government and the Welsh Office should have kept this report in the dark for five or six months, contrary to their pledge about open government? There is a minority report. Is it not important, therefore, that the whole of Wales should know what the report contains before any announcement is made? When will that announcement be made?

Photo of Mr Peter Thomas Mr Peter Thomas , Hendon South

I shall publish the Bowen Committee's report on bilingual traffic signs this week, stating the Government's future policy with regard to bilingual traffic signs. I am sure that the hon. Gentleman will not expect me to comment in advance of publication of that report.

Photo of Mr Emlyn Hooson Mr Emlyn Hooson , Montgomeryshire

Can the right hon. and learned Gentleman assure us that there will be no future renumbering of routes without bilingual signs accompanying them?

Photo of Mr Peter Thomas Mr Peter Thomas , Hendon South

If I had been in a position to answer Question No. 5 when it was called, I would have told the hon. and learned Gentleman that I was afraid I could make no comment on the provision of bilingual signs on any road in Wales in advance of the report and the Government's announcement of their intentions in regard to the report.

Photo of Mr Elystan Morgan Mr Elystan Morgan , Cardiganshire

Does the Secretary of State agree that he has shown scant consideration for the House since we will not be given any opportunity of making representations to him on the report before his decision is announced?

Photo of Mr Peter Thomas Mr Peter Thomas , Hendon South

When the hon. Gentleman hears what I have to say about the report, he will consider that what he has said is not right.