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Mr Cyril Bence: I cannot follow this. My right hon. Friend is saying that, at a given point, where there is power to deviate 50 metres either side of the line, it is possible to deviate the road both sides to make his 100 metres. However, surely it is only possible to deviate one side of it, which is 50 metres.
Mr Cyril Bence: But not at the same time.
Mr Cyril Bence: I had not intended to intervene because I did not serve on the Standing Committee. However, I am a little worried by what the hon. Member for Galloway (Mr. Brewis) and the hon. Member for Edinburgh, North (Earl of Dalkeith) have said. We have had a hypothetical case of a deviation being made and limited to 25 metres in order to avoid destroying someone's property. I have a bungalow on the...
Mr Cyril Bence: I have a great deal of sympathy with the proposition of the noble Lord the Member for Edinburgh, North (Earl of Dalkeith), but I would be very surprised if any local authority planned or undertook road construction which meant raising the level without consulting the local authorities concerned. Only a few weeks ago, a number of us from my village attended a meeting called by the Ministry of...
Mr Cyril Bence: I would like clarification, because there are many cases throughout the country where the path of a road has been changed and the old part of the road is used as a lay-by for cars. Do I understand from what has just been said that it is now possible for the owner of the land adjacent to the old piece of road to claim it, or does it remain open for the use of road users as a lay-by?
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Mr Cyril Bence: For the purpose of the measurement of 30 metres from the centre of the road, is a dual carriageway treated as one road or two?
Mr Cyril Bence: It would chop them down.
Mr Cyril Bence: The Amendment assumes that farmers would be so foolish as to turn their animals out where there were yew trees. All over the country there are graveyards with yew trees in them. No farmer would turn his cattle out into a graveyard.
Mr Cyril Bence: I was coming to that point. Anybody who knows the farming community and who was born and bred in the country—after all, farmers stopped traffic in towns with their wagons recently to get what they considered to be their reasonable demands—knows as well as I do that if a highway authority planted yew trees alongside land where a farmer grazed his cattle, they would all be uprooted the next...
Mr Cyril Bence: Having driven on the Continent for many years, I have adopted the practice of carrying in my car two triangles which, should I break down, I can display in the roadway one hundred feet or so fore and aft of my car to warn motorists of a pending obstruction. Many motorists are carrying these triangles voluntarily. If I break down and place my triangles in the roadway and a motorist swerves to...
Mr Cyril Bence: It is very seldom that I support an Opposition Amendment. I remember that in the 13 years we were in Opposition we put down Amendments time and again asking the Secretary of State to do something reasonable, and rarely succeeded in having "reasonable" inserted. I support the Amendment because, knowing my hon. Friend and how reasonable he is and has been this evening, I think that this is the...
Mr Cyril Bence: It seems from what the hon. Gentleman is saying that for 13 years someone was planning to leave the housing situation in the state in which it was in 1964.
Mr Cyril Bence: And the highest number of people were homeless.
Mr Cyril Bence: There was a General Election that year.
Mr Cyril Bence: The hon. Gentleman has made a criticism which I have heard for many years and which is not fair to the motor industry. It is that the industry has failed to provide after-sales service in foreign markets. That has not been its failure. It has been the result of the system of franchise and concessions between manufacturers and distributors in other countries. Overseas distributors have refused...
Mr Cyril Bence: I meant Europe.
Mr Cyril Bence: Mr. Bence indicated assent.
Mr Cyril Bence: When the hon. Gentleman gives these figures for unemployment in towns such as Weston, would he confirm that there is included in them the number of professional people such as bank managers and others who have retired at 60 and registered for unemployment benefit for 18 months?