Speed Controls

Oral Answers to Questions — Police – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th July 1952.

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Photo of Mr William Shepherd Mr William Shepherd , Cheadle 12:00 am, 24th July 1952

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the total number of police hours per month spent in operating speed traps in the Metropolitan area; and the annual cost of such operations.

Photo of Mr David Maxwell Fyfe Mr David Maxwell Fyfe , Liverpool, West Derby

In 1951, the average number of han-hours per month spent in operating fixed speed patrols in the Metropolitan Police district was 3,345. No additional police are employed for the purpose of operating these patrols, and the second part of the Question does not arise.

Photo of Mr William Shepherd Mr William Shepherd , Cheadle

Obviously there must be a cost involved. Can my right hon. and learned Friend say whether, taking fines into account, a profit is made upon these transactions?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Lewisham South

While we would all agree that speed is important, will the right hon. and learned Gentleman keep in mind that careless and dangerous driving are more relevant to accidents even than speed itself? Can he stimulate the police to be more active in that direction?

Photo of Mr David Maxwell Fyfe Mr David Maxwell Fyfe , Liverpool, West Derby

Both aspects of the matter warrant most careful attention. I shall devote attention to the point which the right hon. Gentleman has raised.