§ 53. Sir WILFRID SUGDEN
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in view of the number of convictions against taximeter-cab drivers in London during the last three years, whether he will consider the question of the system of licensing now in operation with a view to adjusting the personnel in this industry without inconveniencing the public and yet acting in equity to the taximeter-cab drivers as a body?
§ The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir John Gilmour)
I am not quite clear what aspect of this problem my hon. Friend desires to bring to my notice, but if he will be good enough to give me further particulars, I shall be glad to consider them. If, however, he is suggesting that there is an excessive number of licensed drivers, I ought to point out that there is no power under the existing law to limit either the number of licensed cabs or the number of licensed drivers.
§ Sir W. SUGDEN
While thanking my right hon. Friend for his reply, may I ask whether he is aware that when a statutory regulation is broken by the majority of people for whom it is enacted, they will require a new enactment, and does he not think the time has now arrived for that?