Oral Answers to Questions — Taxi-Cabs, London.

– in the House of Commons on 19th February 1942.

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Photo of Major Basil Peto Major Basil Peto , Birmingham King's Norton

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that the present shortage of taximeter-cabs in London is due in part to a pre-war standard of maintenance, which it is now impossible to obtain; and whether, in view of these circumstances, he will arrange to bring these standards more into line with present conditions?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

No, Sir; the reduced service is due partly to shortage of drivers and repairers and partly to rationing of petrol. Instructions were issued as long ago as May, 1940, that cabs should be licensed, irrespective of age, provided they are maintained in a clean, sanitary and roadworthy condition. If my hon. and gallant Friend will furnish me with particulars of any case where hardship appears to have been caused by police requirements, I will have it looked into.

Photo of Sir William Davison Sir William Davison , Kensington South

Is my right hon. Friend aware that a deputation from the London cab trade recently waited upon a representative of the Ministry of War Transport and informed him that they were very satisfied with the consideration they had received from the Metropolitan Police?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

I am very glad to hear that.

Photo of Mr George Garro-Jones Mr George Garro-Jones , Aberdeen North

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the cost of running taxis and the cost of living of the taxi-men have greatly increased, and that their duties have become very arduous and have been carried out with great devotion; and in these circumstances will he consider allowing them some percentage increase in their charges?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

I should require notice of that Question.

Photo of Sir Richard Denman Sir Richard Denman , Leeds Central

Are woman to be allowed to drive taxi-cabs?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

That point has not arisen in the Department, but if it did, I would give it consideration