§ 28. Mr. BURGESS
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the number of serious and fatal accidents, respectively, which have occurred during each year since 1919, as a result of riding on the pillions of motor-bicycles?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of TRANSPORT (Colonel Ashley)
I have been asked to reply to this question. No separate record is kept, either by the Home Office or by my Department, of accidents in which motor-cycles with pillion riders are involved. Although the Minister of Transport is not vested with any legal powers in the matter, it is the practice of my Department to hold informal inquiries and inspections into the circumstances attending all serious road accidents. 2552 There is no evidence, so far as these investigations go, that accidents of the nature referred to are particularly frequent, or show any tendency to increase in number.