asked the Minister of Transport whether he will seek powers at an early opportunity to control the erection of illuminated advertisements on motor roads?
No, Sir. Legislation on the lines suggested by my hon. Friend would involve formidable difficulties, and I am not satisfied that it would be warranted in present circumstances. In this connection, I would refer to the reply which I gave to my hon. Friend on this subject on 12th December, 1938.
Is the Minister aware of the extent to which this form of advertisement, and others, on the roads, is increasing and rapidly becoming a vested interest; and will he call for a report on the conditions existing on, in particular, the London-Maidstone Road? the Road Fund. The expenditure on new construction amounted to some £4,500,000.
Can the Minister say how many men are employed on this work?
asked the Minister of Transport the total amount of grants sanctioned for roads and bridge works in Glamorgan and Monmouth, respectively, for the past five years to dale; and what is the Ministry's annual loan charge contribution paid separately to these two authorities over the same period?
As the answer contains a number of figures, I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate it in the Official Report.
Following is the answer:
Yes, Sir; if my hon. Friend draws my attention to a particular road, I shall certainly be pleased to have a report made. I have not at the moment received any evidence that these signs are an appreciable cause of accidents, though undoubtedly they are the cause of a great deal of annoyance.
Does not the Minister think that these advertisers might contribute to the upkeep of the roads?
Can the Minister say whether regulations regarding these signs are made in other countries, particularly in the United States?
I should like to have notice of that question; I have not the information with me.