§ 3. Mr. Touche
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what purpose is served by requiring members of the Metropolitan Police to ask drivers who are reported for parking offences to produce their national registration card in addition to their driving licence and certificate of insurance; and if he will take steps to terminate this practice
§ Mr. Ede
Reference to national registration cards in these cases serves as a check on the accurancy of police records and, in particular, minimises any risk of a confusion of names leading to previous convictions being attributed to the wrong person. Complaints against the practice have been few and it is not at present proposed to discontinue it.
§ Mr. Butcher
Could the right hon. Gentleman explain how the police managed to deal satisfactorily with these offences before national registration was introduced?
§ Mr. Marlowe
Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware that, as there is widespread forgery of these cards, they are of little value?
Mr. Leslie Hale
Would my right hon. Friend consider the fact that I had to attend a police station this morning with all these documents; that I had to produce my identification card within 48 hours and a driving licence and insurance certificate within five days; and on these occasions is it not hard that if one has to make two attendances during the day, one is liable to be prosecuted for parking outside while waiting inside?