§ 15. Sir Hugh Lucas-Tooth
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he takes to ensure that the law relating to the silencing of motor-bicycles is fully enforced.
§ Mr. Ede
The responsibility for enforcing the regulations governing this matter rests with individual chief officers of police and I am satisfied that within the limits of the available police manpower they do what they can to secure observation of the regulations. I have no power to issue directions to the police on matters of enforcement, but the need to pay particular attention to noisy motorcycles was mentioned at a recent conference of representative chief officers of police and was subsequently brought to the notice of chief constables generally.
§ Sir H. Lucas-Tooth
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the intolerable nuisance which is caused, particularly 643 in areas where there is no speed limit, by some of these motor-cycles—not all —and will he do what he can to ensure that the law is enforced and that silencers are not deliberately removed, as sometimes happens?
§ Colonel Gomme-Duncan
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that if he were on this side of the House and we on that we should have no objection whatsoever to his being absent?