§ Mr. Spriggs
asked the Minister of Transport what evidence he has of car parking in official play streets; and if he will make a statement on the working of the Street Playgrounds Act, 1938.
§ Mr. Marples
There is no restriction in play streets on the use of cars belonging to residents and their visitors.144W Occasionally I receive complaints about the misuse of play streets for parking but these are not many.
The Street Playgrounds Act, 1938, was repealed by the Road Traffic Act, 1960. Street Playground Orders are now made under Section 49 of the Road Traffic Act, 1960, and require my confirmation. There are at present 146 Orders covering some 750 streets.
In 1961 I confirmed 15 Orders and rejected two. In 1962 I confirmed 11and rejected none. Though the number of Orders submitted for confirmation tends to decrease, these figures indicate that play streets continue to be required and, as far as I am aware, the Orders are on the whole working satisfactorily.