HC Deb 27 April 1932 vol 265 c360
33. Mr. HALES

asked the Minister of Transport whether his attention has been drawn to a recent decision in the King's Bench Divisional Court that it is illegal to carry goods or parcels in a private motor car; and, having regard to the possibility of the prosecution of motor owners, if he will take immediate steps for the removal of this restriction?


Immediately after the decision of the Divisional Court to which my hon. Friend refers I got into consultation with my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer as to the situation which has been created, and will make a statement at the earliest possible moment.


In view of the very serious trouble among the small traders who are using their cars partly for business and partly for pleasure, will the hon. Gentleman give an assurance that they may be able in the meantime to use those cars without the fear of any police interference?


No, Sir, I cannot give any such assurance, but I have caused a circular to be sent to licensing and registration authorities requesting them to maintain their existing practice pending the further consideration of the matter.


Can my hon. Friend say whether the owner of a private car is entitled to take home a pound of vegetables?