HC Deb 24 July 1952 vol 504 c745
34. Mr. Shepherd

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the total number of police hours per month spent in operating speed traps in the Metropolitan area; and the annual cost of such operations.

Sir D. Maxwell Fyfe

In 1951, the average number of han-hours per month spent in operating fixed speed patrols in the Metropolitan Police district was 3,345. No additional police are employed for the purpose of operating these patrols, and the second part of the Question does not arise.

Mr. Shepherd

Obviously there must be a cost involved. Can my right hon. and learned Friend say whether, taking fines into account, a profit is made upon these transactions?

Sir D. Maxwell Fyfe

That is another question.

Mr. H. Morrison

While we would all agree that speed is important, will the right hon. and learned Gentleman keep in mind that careless and dangerous driving are more relevant to accidents even than speed itself? Can he stimulate the police to be more active in that direction?

Sir D. Maxwell Fyfe

Both aspects of the matter warrant most careful attention. I shall devote attention to the point which the right hon. Gentleman has raised.

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