HC Deb 25 May 1905 vol 146 c1385
CAPTAIN NORTON (Newington, W.)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he can state the number of hackney carriages and hackney carriage drivers licensed up to date, number of same with mechanical licences, number of motor omnibuses and of stage carriages licensed, number of stage carriage drivers, and number of same holding mechanical licences.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Akers-Douglas.) I can only give the figures for the Metropolitan district, and they are as follows: Up to and including the 24th instant, there were licensed 10,986 hackney carriages, three of which are driven mechanically; 3,547 omnibuses, seventy-five of which are driven mechanically; and 1,798 tramcars, of which 967 are driven mechanically. There are 12,763 licensed hackney carriage drivers, nine of whom hold mechanical licences; and 8,558 stage carriage (i.e., tram and omnibus) drivers, of whom 2,006 hold mechanical licences.