HC Deb 27 April 1944 vol 399 c915
19. Mr. Higg

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will instruct regional commissioners to cancel the order compelling owners of laid-up motor-cars to deposit spare parts at the nearest police station.

Mr. H. Morrison

The Order to which my hon. Friend refers applies only in certain parts of the country. The motorcar parts are all carefully labelled and stored by the police, and their retention does not cause any inconvenience' to the owner of a laid-up car. I will bear my hon. Friend's request in mind, but I do not think the time has yet come when these parts can be returned to car-owners, and their return would involve a good deal of work, which I am reluctant to impose on the police at this particular time.

Mr. Higg

Is the Minister aware that he has relaxed the restrictions on locking cars when they are in public places; and does he not consider that there is far greater risk in leaving cars unlocked in public places, than in retaining these spare parts by the police?

Mr. Morrison

That is confusing two issues.