Motor Race (London to Aberdeen).

Oral Answers to Questions — Ireland. – in the House of Commons on 6th July 1922.

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Photo of Viscount  Curzon Viscount Curzon , Battersea South

(by Private Notice) asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been drawn to a paragraph in a certain London evening paper, of 5th July, in which it is stated that a certain peer was to undertake a race in a motor vehicle from London to Aberdeen, 610 miles, within 15 hours; whether he is aware that this would entail an average spend of 40 miles per hour; whether he has any information as to whether this statement is correct, and, if so, whether he will cause appropriate proceedings to be instituted against the peer referred to in the paper?

Photo of Mr Edward Shortt Mr Edward Shortt , Newcastle upon Tyne West

At present I know nothing of this matter beyond what is reported in the newspapers. If these reports be correct, I think it is most desirable that something should be done to prevent any repetition of such a proceeding. I am making inquiries.

Photo of Viscount  Curzon Viscount Curzon , Battersea South

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this race, or what- ever it was, is very much repudiated by-all motorists, and particularly by the motor organisations?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Martin Archer-Shee Lieut-Colonel Martin Archer-Shee , Finsbury

Is it not a fact that the Postmaster-General recently travelled from Scotland to England at a rate far in excess of the legal limit, and would it not be better to take proceedings against him?

Photo of Mr Morgan Jones Mr Morgan Jones , Caerphilly

How does the record of this Noble Gentleman compare with the record of the questioner himself?

Dr. MURRAY:

Is it not a fact that peers and commoners who want to go to Scotland desire to get there as quickly as possible?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Martin Archer-Shee Lieut-Colonel Martin Archer-Shee , Finsbury

Is it not a fact that the Postmaster-General was coming away from Scotland as fast as he could?