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1963 Parliamentary Debates, about North London Traffic

One of the best descriptions of Central London area and Central London was made in the British Parliament, in 1963, by Eric Lubbock, 4th Baron Avebury.

Descendant of William Lubbock (1701-1754), Eric Reginald Lubboxk, born in 1928, served as a Liberal Member of Parliament between 1962 and 1970. Then, after having inherited the title of Baron Avebury in 1971, he served in the House of Lords. In 1999, he was elected by the Liberal Democrats to remain in the Parliament, even if most hereditary peers were then removed from the House of Lords.

So, look how Eric Lubbock, the 4th Baron Avebury, defined the Central London area, on 24 January 1963:

british parliament„ The central area is distinguished, according to the Royal Commission, by the inclusion within its boundaries of Parliament and the Royal Palaces, the headquarters of Government, the Law Courts, the head offices of a very large number of commercial and industrial firms, as well as institutions of great influence in the intellectual life of the nation, such as the British Museum, the National Gallery, the Tate Gallery, the University of London, the headquarters of the national ballet and opera, together with the headquarters of many national associations, the great professions, the trade unions, the trade associations, social service societies, as well as shopping centers and centers of entertainment which attract people from the whole of Greater London and farther afield.

In many other respects the central area differs from areas farther out in London. The ratable value of the central area is exceptionally high. Its day population is very much larger than its night population. Its traffic problems reach an intensity not encountered anywhere else in the Metropolis or in any provincial city, and the enormous office developments which have taken place recently constitute a totally new phenomenon“.



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