§ MR. CAWLEY (Lancashire, Prestwich)
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether he will state the names of the local authorities who have applied for power to limit the speed of motor-cars within their area to ten miles an hour, and have had their application refused; whether in each case the application has been successfully opposed by the Automobile Club, the Motor Union, or other motorist clubs; and whether, in 474 view of the many recent accidents caused by motor-cars driving at a high speed through populous places, he will look more favourably upon the application of local authorities to limit the speed of motor-cars to ten miles an hour in those places.
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD (Mr. GERALD BALFOUR, Leeds, Central)
The names of the local authorities who have made applications of the kind referred to which have not been complied with are—The Common Council of the City of London, and the town councils of Beverley, Bury, Dover, Kingston-on-Thames, Leeds, Leigh, Newport (Monmouthshire), Todmorden, Winchester, and Whitehaven. The application was in each case opposed by an organisation such as is mentioned in the Question, there was a local inquiry at which both sides were heard, and the inspector reported the evidence to the Local Government Board together with the result of his own observation. As regards the last part of the Question, I can assure the hon. Member that I will give unprejudiced consideration to any application that may be made to me for the imposition of a speed limit in populous places.