§ SIR THOMAS DEWAR (Tower Hamlets, St. George's)
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will state how the number of accidents with covered vans for the month of May last compares with the corresponding month last year; and will he say how many summonses have been taken out by the police for infringement of the London County Council new by-law.
(Answered by Mr. Secretary Akers-Douglas.) The number of accidents with covered vans known to the police to have occurred within the Metropolitan police district during the month of May last was 101, of which three had fatal results. In the previous May the number was 118, one being fatal. The London County Council are proposing to amend the by-law relating to covered vans, and have submitted a new draft which I have approved provisionally. In the meantime, the police, though warning owners and drivers in cases where the by-law is not being complied with, are not seeking to enforce it by means of legal proceedings.