HC Deb 06 May 1954 vol 527 cc558-9
19 Sir E. Boyle

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, with a view to reducing the number of road accidents caused by reckless driving, he will consider the use of mobile police in plain clothes.

Sir D. Maxwell Fyfe

I have consulted representative chief officers of police who assure me that they use, and will continue to use, plain clothes traffic patrols wherever they consider it necessary.

Mr. Ede

Can the right hon. and learned Gentleman say whether the experiment in Oxfordshire is continuing and, if so, how far it has had success in reducing important breaches of the motoring laws?

Sir D. Maxwell Fyfe

I should like to obtain up-to-date information. I had a look at this matter, but that was two or three months ago. I will obtain the information and let the right hon. Gentleman know.

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