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