HC Deb 20 October 1966 vol 734 c391
29. Mr. Pavitt

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to enable the Metropolitan Police force to remove derelict cars in the Willesden area without the long delays which arise at present.

Mr. Taverne

The police remove vehicles which are causing a traffic obstruction. Otherwise it is for the local authority to remove and dispose of abandoned derelict vehicles. I am assured that, in the Willesden area, the police give all the help they can.

Mr. Pavitt

Will my hon. and learned Friend accept the gratitude of the people of Willesden for what the police already do? Will he look further at the possibility of enabling the police to do the job more efficiently, not only by means of the Measure now going through the House but by giving instructions which will enable them to move with more speed?

Mr. Taverne

The Bill that is being promoted by the right hon. Member for Streatham (Mr. Sandys) would certainly improve the position if it were passed in the form that is now proposed. Further discussions are taking place with the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Housing and Local Government to make the procedures swifter and more effective.

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