HC Deb 22 June 1961 vol 642 cc1670-1
31. Mr. P. Noel-Baker

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Deportment how many offences, cautions and summonses were registered during 1960 under the Motor Vehicles Regulations relating to emission of fumes.

Mr. Renton

In England and Wales during 1960, 1,875 offences against Regulation 79 of the Motor Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations, 1955, were dealt with by prosecution. The police gave 406 written warnings in respect of alleged offences. No record is kept of the number of oral warnings issued.

Mr. Noel-Baker

Will the hon. and learned Member draw the attention of the Home Secretary to the fact that over ninety coal lorries per hour pass through the County Borough of Derby, and practically all of them commit an offence every day?

Mr. Renton

I suggest that the right hon. Gentleman draws these facts to the attention of the chief constable.

Mr. Hector Hughes

Can the Minister say how many of these cases related to alcoholic fumes, and also how he distinguishes one fume from another?

Mr. Renton

The Question relates to diesel fumes.