Motor Traffic (Accidents).

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons on 30th October 1929.

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Photo of Mr Irving Albery Mr Irving Albery , Gravesend


asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the number of motor accidents involving death or injury which have occurred during the last four months; and in how many cases motor coaches or char-a-bancs were involved and in how many cases motor cycles, with or without sidecars, were involved?

Photo of Mr Alfred Short Mr Alfred Short , Wednesbury

As the hon. Member will be aware, an annual return is published on the basis of figures furnished by Chief Officers of Police throughout the country. To give the figures asked for my right hon. Friend would have to obtain special returns from all Chief Officers of Police and in view of the existence of the published annual returns he does not think he would be justified in asking chief officers to furnish these additional figures. I am sending to the hon. Member a copy of the return for 1928.

Photo of Mr John Beckett Mr John Beckett , Camberwell Peckham

Has the attention of my hon. Friend been called to the increasing danger of the roads owing to a small minority of very dangerous drivers, and are the Home Office considering some form of road patrol in order to obviate this danger?

Photo of Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy Lieut-General Edward Fitzroy , Daventry

That does not arise but of the question.

Photo of Mr John Wardlaw-Milne Mr John Wardlaw-Milne , Kidderminster

Has the Department any figures showing how many victims of motor accidents have been unable to obtain compensation, or would it be possible to obtain them?

Photo of Mr Alfred Short Mr Alfred Short , Wednesbury

I should have to have notice of that question.