MR. CATHCART WASON
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he can state how many horse-taximeter cabs are now awaiting registration, and for what reason registration up to now has been refused; and on what grounds objection is taken to horse-taximeter cabs plying for a lesser fare than that fixed by statute.
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. Gladstone,) Leeds, W.
I cannot say how many owners of horse-cabs wish to fit them with taximeters. As I have already explained, my intention is to enable every cab to use a taximeter. The law officers, however, advise me that the taximeters which have up to now been submitted for use with horse-cabs do not comply with the existing statutory requirements; so that the only means of effecting my purpose is by legislation, which I hope to introduce in the course of a few days.