§ Mr. HUTCHISON
asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that the traffic commissioners who decide on the arrangements for Essex usually meet at Cambridge, which is an inconvenient place for residents in the Essex areas; 2582W and whether arrangements can be made for this body, when considering purely local applications, to meet in places convenient for the parties concerned?
It is the practice of the commissioners to hold public sittings in various towns throughout their area, and to arrange the hearing of applications with due regard to the convenience of applicants and objectors. Urgent applications, however, have to be fitted into the programme as best may be. During the past six months the traffic commissioners for the Eastern Area have held sittings on 25 days at Cambridge. On 27 days they sat at other towns, namely, Colchester, Hertford, Ipswich, Norwich and Southend.