Motorway Service Areas

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 19th March 1973.

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Photo of Sir Raymond Gower Sir Raymond Gower , Barry 12:00 am, 19th March 1973

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make it a condition of future concessions for garages on motorways that there shall be in each case a full range of engineering services for motorists.

Photo of Mr Peter Thomas Mr Peter Thomas , Hendon South

No, Sir. I do not think it necessary to make this a condition.

Photo of Sir Raymond Gower Sir Raymond Gower , Barry

Will my right hon. and learned Friend look at this again? Is he aware that at many of the motorway stations in England the services to the motorists are terribly inadequate? Recently I found it impossible to get upper cylinder lubricant, and it is almost impossible to persuade the people at these stations to do even elementary things like checking tyres or washing windscreens. The services are inadequate. Indeed, if one is faced with a serious engineering job they are simply not available.

Photo of Mr Peter Thomas Mr Peter Thomas , Hendon South

In view of what my hon. Friend has said I will look at it again, but I am told that experience in England has shown that the needs of motorway traffic are usually met adequately by the provision of emergency repair and breakdown recovery facilities at motorway service areas.