Clause 159

Orders of the Day — ROAD TRAFFIC BILL [Lords] – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th March 1972.

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POWER OF POLICE TO STOP VEHICLES

Question proposed, "That the Clause stand part of the Bill."

Photo of Mr Arthur Lewis Mr Arthur Lewis , West Ham North

It is laid down that the police have power to stop vehicles. May I ask the Solicitor-General what the situation will be under consolidated law when members of the public ask the police to stop a driver when they have proof that the driver is breaking the law? I have in my hand a list of cases in which the police have not carried out the law and I cannot see why we should agree to the consolidation of existing law if it is not being carried out.

The Second Deputy Chairman:

Order. The hon. Member must realise that we have already agreed to this on Second Reading.

Photo of Mr Arthur Lewis Mr Arthur Lewis , West Ham North

We have agreed but we do have a Committee stage, and we are now asking whether this Clause should stand part of the Bill.

The Second Deputy Chairman:

Order. The hon. Member would be entitled to query the way in which the consolidation is being done but not to argue about whether it should be done.

Question put and agreed to.

Clauses 159 to 168 ordered to stand part of the Bill.