HC Deb 16 July 1925 vol 186 cc1511-2
6. Captain BRASS

asked the Home Secretary the total strength of W. Division of the Metropolitan police in police officers; and how many of these officers were employed dressed in civilian attire to prosecute motorists for infringements of the Motor Car Acts and Roads Acts during the week-ends 16th to 18th May, 13th to 15th June, and 11th to 13th July, respectively?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. Godfrey Locker-Lampson)

The total strength of the division is about 910 men. The maximum number of officers employed for the purpose indicated was six.

Lieut.-Colonel Sir JOSEPH NALL

Will the hon. Gentleman, in the public interest, continue to apply the Motor Car Acts more rigidly?

Captain BRASS

Do I understand that there were only six officers in the whole of the W Division of the Metropolitan police in plain clothes during those four week-ends?


In answer to the first supplementary question, the Acts are carried out as far as I know. The reply to the second supplementary question is in the affirmative.

Captain BRASS

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the Sutton trap is in operation and also the Mitcham trap, and that they employ more than that?


The hon. and gallant Member seems to know morn about it than the Minister.