§ MR. WEIR
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if his attention has been called to the skidding of a motor bus, on the afternoon of the 24th April, in Seymour Street, Euston Road, which resulted in the wrecking of three four-wheeled cabs, the killing of a horse, and injury to a cabman; and will he state whether, in the interests of public safety, he can take any steps to require the owners of motor buses to provide serrated or roughened tyres to prevent side slips.
§ * THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. H. GLADSTONE,) Leeds, W.
I have made inquiry and find that the facts are as stated in the Question. The Metropolitan Police do what they can in this matter under their existing powers as to the licensing of omnibuses; but they cannot 406 insist on the adoption of any particular form of tyre; and it would be most undesirable to do so in the existing state of knowledge and while manufacturers are actively experimenting with new forms of tyres. The whole subject comes within the reference of the Select Committee of this House on Cabs and Omnibuses.