HC Deb 28 January 1960 vol 616 cc347-8
13. Mr. Fisher

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has now completed his consideration of the proposal to recruit a corps of traffic wardens, in order to relieve the Metropolitan Police of work in connection with parking and other minor traffic offences; what decision he has come to; and if he will make a statement.

43. Mr. Russell

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has now reached a decision about the formation of a special force of traffic police.

Mr. R. A. Butler

I hope to be able to put proposals for the use of traffic wardens before the House during the present Session of Parliament.

Mr. Fisher

Is my right hon. Friend aware that this decision will be well received by the public and, I hope, by the police, who are under strength and overworked, and should welcome being relieved of a difficult and unrewarding duty? Will the traffic wardens be in uniform, as I hope; will they include women, and what will their precise duties be?

Mr. Butler

We had better wait and see, because these are details which I will publish in due course, when we are quite clear about the plan which we shall put before Parliament. It will take a little time, but I hope to do it as soon as possible.

Mr. Russell

Can my right hon. Friend give any idea of the strength of the force, at this stage?

Mr. Butler

Not at present. Again, I will make sure that all this is made clear at the proper time.