Road Safety Minister Mike Penning said: "It is vital that speed limits are suitable for local conditions and councils are best placed to determine what these limits are, based on local knowledge and the views of the community. To help, we are publishing updated guidance for consultation.
This includes a number of initiatives we have introduced to improve road safety, including making it easier for local authorities and communities to put in place 20 mph schemes, or use common-sense measures such as variable speed limits outside schools."
More top news
Two people were injured when a gun was fired during the French president's speech.
At least nine members of a school marching band were among the injured, according to local media.
Police investigating the disappearance of a British toddler in Germany more than 35 years ago have released an image of a suspect.