§ 49. Mr. NOEL BAKER
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the fact that the motor cycle with side-car attachments has been proved to be the safest vehicle on the road and notably safer than the motor cycle with pillion, he will consider the encouragement of the use of such side-cars by withdrawing or reducing the tax on them?
§ Mr. HERBERT MORRISON
I have been asked to reply. The licence duties for motor cycles (£1 10s. per annum for the light cycle and £3 for the heavy cycle) are not onerous, and the additional duty of £1 per annum for a sidecar attachment to a motor cycle does not appear to be unreasonable when the additional facilities obtained are taken into account. Further, it is common knowledge that the attachment of a sidecar does not prevent the carrying of a pillion passenger on the motor cycle.
§ Captain GUNSTON
Does the Minister agree with the view expressed in the question that the motor cycle with sidecar is the safest form of transport?
§ Mr. MORRISON
I have not sufficient information before me to confirm the implication contained in the question.