HC Deb 15 February 1937 vol 320 cc845-6
66. Commander Locker-Lampson

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that a pedal cyclist, on 19th October last, rode away after fatally injuring a pedestrian, and was convicted at Hatfield Petty Sessions on 11th January, after being charged only with riding a pedal cycle so as to endanger life or limb; and whether he can now say why he was not charged with manslaughter, as a motorist would have been?

Mr. Lloyd

It is not, of course, within the province of my right hon. Friend to decide whether, and, if so what, proceedings should be instituted in a particular case. He has, however, caused inquiries to be made and is informed by the Chief Constable of Hertfordshire that the reason for not instituting proceedings for man- slaughter was that there was no sufficient evidence on which to base such a charge.

Commander Locker-Lampson

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that I have no wish to do any retrospective harm to the pedal cyclist, but only prospective good to motorists?