HC Deb 13 December 1956 vol 562 c617
40. Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what increase he has sanctioned in London taxi-cab fares.

Major Lloyd-George

I propose to make an Order authorising a surcharge of 6d. in respect of each hiring of a taxicab in the Metropolitan Police District to come into force on Friday, 21st December.

Lieut.-Colonel Upton

Has the Home Secretary imposed any conditions for this increase? For example, has he informed the trade that this 6d. has to be removed when the present price of petrol goes down by Is. 5d. a gallon?

Major Lloyd-George

I can now give an undertaking to review the Order when the increase of petrol duty ends—it is the duty which is the reason for this happening. The only other condition is that the charges should be prominently displayed.