§ 19. Mr. HOWARD
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that Metropolitan police constables are expected by their superior officers to bring in a large number of summonses daily in regard to infringements under the motor-car regulations; and will he issue instructions that fair play shall be observed both to police constables and the public?
§ The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Captain Euan Wallace)
My right hon. Friend is assured by the Commissioner of Police that there is no foundation for my hon. Friend's suggestion. It is the duty of the police to deal with any infringements of the law that come to their notice, and, with the great increase in the volume of traffic in recent years, these infringements have become exceedingly numerous.
§ Mr. HOWARD
Is the Under-Secretary aware that I have personal knowledge from five constables in Islington that the statement contained in the question is true, and that there is a growing discontent among the police at having to give what is virtually false evidence in order to secure a conviction?