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A604 (Minibus Accident)

Volume 959: debated on Wednesday 29 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will hold an inquiry under section 47 of the Road and Rail Traffic Act 1933 into the accident on the A604 last May, in which six children in a minibus were killed.

Much as I regret the tragic accident to which the hon. Member refers, we do not think it would be appropriate to hold a formal public inquiry into its cause. Our vehicle examiner inspected the vehicles involved in the accident and his evidence was available at the inquest, at the coroner's discretion. In view of pending legal pro-cedings, it would not be appropriate for me to make any further comment.