HC Deb 14 April 1937 vol 322 cc1007-8
77. Commander Locker-Lampson

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many policemen have been engaged as traffic patrols during each of the past five years; how many prosecutions for motoring offences have taken place and how many convictions; and what is the yearly cost of the maintenance of this organisation?

The Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd)

The motor patrols form part of the strengths of the various police forces, and it would not be possible to give the particulars asked for with regard to their strength and cost for the country generally without much detailed inquiry and analysis. Figures of prosecutions and convictions are available in the Returns of offences relating to motor vehicles presented annually to this House. I am circulating in the OFFICIAL REPORT details of the strength of the Metropolitan police motor patrols, and of the numbers of prosecutions and convictions in the Metropolitan police district.

Commander Locker-Lampson

May I have a reply to the last part of the question? Can that information be given?

Mr. Lloyd

Not without a great deal of inquiry throughout the country.

Following is the statement:

Strength of Metropolitan Police Traffic Patrols.

1933 522 (including 33 Serjeants and 485 Constables).
1934 522 (including 33 Serjeants and 485 Constables).
1935 526 (including 33 Serjeants and 489 Constables).
1936 560 (including 37 Serjeants 519 Constables).
1937 686 (including 63 Serjeants and 613 Constables).
Prosecutions and Convictions for Motoring Offences in the Metropolitan Police District.
Year. Total Prosecutions (Charges and Summonses). Total Convictions.
1932 44,249 37,152
1933 53,188 46,055
1934 80,437 68,585
1935 118,410 101,051
1936 140,692 121,639