HC Deb 12 May 1915 vol 71 cc1644-5

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will give instructions to the police to refrain from prosecuting motorists or despatch riders engaged upon military or naval service who may be trapped by the police when exceeding the speed limit on wide straight open roads within the county of London or the Metropolitan area where there is little traffic and no danger to persons, animals, or property?


Prosecutions against persons in the naval or military service are only instituted after consultation with the Department affected. In view of the considerable increase of fatal accidents attributable to motor traffic, the police would not be justified in relaxing vigilance.


Cannot the right hon. Gentleman find some better occupation for young, able-bodied policemen, who have failed to join the Army, than in trapping motor men on an open road, where there is no danger, instead of such an occupation as trapping German spies or rounding up German aliens?


The hon. Member is asking the same question again, and not so concisely.