HC Deb 04 November 1937 vol 328 cc1104-5
41. Mr. R. C. Morrison

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that certain magistrates' courts do not issue receipts for fines imposed on motorists; and whether he is satisfied that the practice of collecting large sums of money as fines, without the issue of receipts, is satisfactory?

Sir S. Hoare

In my opinion it is desirable that a proper acknowledgment should be sent when payment of a fine is made through the post, and I believe that this is the practice at most courts of summary jurisdiction.

Mr. Morrison

If I send the right hon. Gentleman particulars of a case in which the clerk definitely refused to give a receipt, and stated that it was not the practice of his court to give receipts to people, will he draw the attention of the people concerned to the undesirability of this practice?

Sir S. Hoare

I shall be very glad to receive the details of the case. I think that my answer to-day has shown quite clearly what is my own view in the matter.