|Minister of Transport|
16 October 1964 – 23 December 1965
|Prime Minister||Harold Wilson|
|Preceded by||Ernest Marples|
|Succeeded by||Barbara Castle|
|Under-Secretary of State for Scotland|
4 August 1945 – 26 October 1951
Served with George Buchanan, John Robertson and Margaret Herbison.
|Prime Minister||Clement Attlee|
|Sec. of State||Joseph Westwood|
|Chairman of the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board|
May 1967 – January 1979
|Preceded by||Lord Strathclyde|
|Succeeded by||Lord Greenhill|
|Member of Parliament
29 January 1943 – 14 October 1967
|Preceded by||Duncan Macgregor Graham|
|Succeeded by||Winnie Ewing|
|Born||18 February 1911|
|Died||21 November 1988 (aged 77)|
He was Minister of Transport from 16 October 1964 until 23 December 1965. In December 1965 he introduced the 70 mph (113 km/h) speed limit on motorways as an emergency measure following a series of multiple crashes on motorways mainly in fog. Throughout his tenure as Minister, he authorised the closure 1,071 mi of railway lines, following the recommendations from the Beeching Report. However, he went further and authorised the closure of lines, notably the Oxford to Cambridge Line, that even Beechig had not considered closing.
He was made a Privy Counsellor in 1964.
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- Walter Harris (2005-12-13). "Politicians and the pleasures of fast cars". The Independent.
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- David Henshaw: The Great Railway Conspiracy. p. 165 (3rd Edition, 2013) ISBN 978-0-957651 1-0-4
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Tom Fraser
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Duncan Macgregor Graham
|Member of Parliament for Hamilton
|Minister of Transport
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