HC Deb 15 March 1955 vol 538 cc1105-6
25. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many United States Air Force personnel have been prosecuted in Ayrshire during the last two years; and what were the offences and the penalties.

Sir T. Moore

On a point of order. Before this Question is answered, would you, Mr. Speaker, say whether it is in order, seeing that it is obviously designed and intended to throw some reflection on our allies—[Hon. Members: "No."]—and welcome guests?

Mr. Speaker

It is a purely statistical Question.

Mr. J. Stuart

The answer to the Question is: Twelve members of the United States Air Force were prosecuted in the Ayrshire courts during the period referred to. Of 10 charged with road traffic offences, one was found not guilty and the others were fined amounts varying from 10s. to £10. One man charged with theft was discharged absolutely, and one man was convicted of an offence under the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 1885, and sentenced to six months' imprisonment.

Mr. Hughes

Is the Secretary of State aware that my sole purpose in asking this Question is to protect my constituents and those of the hon. Member for Ayr (Sir T. Moore)? Is he aware that there is considerable anxiety in Ayr and neighbourhood about the large number of road accidents caused by the queer ideas the Americans have of the speed limit? Does he not think something should be done to bring to the attention of the American authorities the need for protecting the civil population of Ayr?

Mr. Stuart

I think the fact that nine of them were fined shows that something is being done.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

Would my right hon. Friend not agree that the best thing would be to compare these figures. with similar British figures so that we could then have some idea of the proportion, instead of singling out these figures?

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