Motor-Cars.

Oral Answers to Questions — Police. – in the House of Commons at on 25 October 1932.

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Photo of Captain William Strickland Captain William Strickland , Coventry

41.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will give the House particulars regarding all recent purchases of imported motor-cars for police use; how many were bought; at what price per car; of what horse-power; and whether motor manufacturers in this country were invited to tender for these?

Photo of Major James Despencer Robertson Major James Despencer Robertson , Salisbury

44.

asked the Home Secretary the reasons for the recent purchase of 120 American cars for the use of police departments?

Photo of Mr John Gilmour Mr John Gilmour , Glasgow Pollok

I know of no foundation for the suggestion that imported motor-cars are being bought for police use; all the vehicles which police authorities have bought for motor patrol purposes have been of British manufacture. I might add that the Home Office circular of the 25th November, 1930, prescribing the con- ditions for the motor patrol scheme in the country generally, provided that "all motor vehicles must be of British manufacture," and I have no reason to believe that this condition is not being adhered to.

Photo of Major James Despencer Robertson Major James Despencer Robertson , Salisbury

Are we to take it then that the story that these cars were landed in this country, as reported in the "Daily Herald," is a pure fabrication?