HC Deb 01 July 1948 vol 452 c2346
6. Captain John Crowder

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the conditions on which licences are issued by the police to car park attendants in the London area.

Mr. Ede

These attendants are licensed by the Commissioner as street messengers under Section 19 of the Metropolitan Streets Act, 1867, to supervise car parks and secure observance of the Parking Places Regulations; licences are renewable annually and liable to revocation for misconduct or other sufficient reason. They receive no pay, but may accept gratuities from car drivers.

Captain Crowder

Can the Home Secretary say if these attendants are under any obligation to the car owners regarding theft from or damage to the cars, and would he consider allowing some fixed charge to be made?

Mr. Ede

Their duties are laid down in a document which is handed to them when they get their licences; among those duties is that of seeing that the contents of the cars are protected from theft, and that cars while in the parks are properly looked after. I will consider the last point in the hon. and gallant Gentleman's supplementary question.