asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been drawn to the conviction at Bow Street, on 9th December, of a motor driver who pleaded guilty to being drunk and driving dangerously in New Oxford Street, for which he was fined £14 3s. and disqualified from holding a licence for 12 months; and whether he will circularise magistrates generally suggesting that persons convicted of such offences should be permanently deprived of driving licences?
The case to which the hon. Baronet refers had not come to my notice. I could not suggest to magistrates that in dealing with such cases they should refrain from exercising any discretion, and that disqualification for life, or indeed for any other period, should be ordered without regard to the circumstances.