HC Deb 10 December 1953 vol 521 cc2152-3
16. Mr. Callaghan

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware of complaints that drivers of road haulage vehicles are being harassed by the Metropolitan police when they find overnight parking spaces; and what instructions have been issued by the Commissioner of Police.

Sir D. Maxwell Fyfe

I have received only one such complaint. The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis informs me that he has received none, but that he has received complaints from householders and others about the obstruction and noise caused by the parking of lorries overnight. The Commissioner of Police has issued no instructions, but the police have taken action where it has been necessary to prevent serious obstruction.

Mr. Callaghan

While we all accept the fact that that action must be taken, would the Home Secretary have a look at the situation of the drivers, some of whom feel that they are being chased in this matter, even when they have found an overnight parking place which seems to be suitable? Could he arrange to provide an adequate supply of free parking places?

Sir D. Maxwell Fyfe

This is a difficult problem. There is also the fact that there have been complaints about a number of larcenies of and from lorries. I will bear both points in mind and will convey what the hon. Gentleman has said to the Commissioner.

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