HC Deb 30 March 1955 vol 539 c357
35. Mr. Callaghan

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation the result of his inquiries into the evidence sent him by the hon. Member for Cardiff, South-East, on 10th March, that a driver was dismissed for refusing to work illegal hours.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I have written to the hon. Member about this case. As indicated, proceedings against the firm in question are pending, in respect of, among other things, record keeping.

Mr. Callaghan

As the Minister's reply was marked " Confidential " it places me at a slight disadvantage. May I ask the Minister if he is proposing to send out special instructions to the enforcement officers to watch this question of the working of illegal hours being required of drivers, as the practice seems to be growing?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

As I have indicated in former replies to the hon. Gentleman on this question, my licensing authorities are keeping close watch, and I very much doubt whether further instructions are required.