HC Deb 16 February 1956 vol 548 c2524
49. Mr. Beswick

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware of the growing practice of parking commercial vehicles all night and without lights on public highways not scheduled as parking places; and what instructions have been given to Metropolitan Police officers with regard to this practice.

Mr. Deedes

Under Regulations made by my right hon. Friend, the Minister of Transport, which took effect in September, 1955, commercial vehicles of under two tons unladen weight are permitted to park without lights in London, subject to certain conditions. The Metropolitan Police have instructions to ensure that vehicles are not left without lights, except in accordance with the Regulations.

Mr. Beswick

Would the hon. Gentleman not agree that this problem is getting a little out of hand now; and would he ask the Metropolitan Police to submit some sort of report on whether any further action is necessary?

Mr. Deedes

Neither the Metropolitan Police nor my right hon. Friend has any evidence that this practice has been growing in recent months.