§ 6. Mr. George
Cunningham asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is satisfied with the degree of enforcement by the traffic wardens service of parking restrictions as between different parts of the Metropolitan Police force district.
§ Mr. Raison
The deployment of traffic wardens is an operational matter for the Commissioner of Police, who assures us that every effort is made to deploy the available traffic wardens in accordance with traffic needs.
Does the Minister accept that in parts of Knightsbridge one cannot walk down the street without falling over traffic wardens sticking tickets on cars, whereas in the Whitecross Street street market area in my constituency, about which I have had correspondence with the Minister, there is a severe danger of restriction of access for emergency vehicles because of persistent parking on both sides of the road, and even in the middle? Will the Minister, as the police authority for the Metropolis, do something about that?
§ Mr. Raison
I am aware of the hon. Gentleman's concern, but the deployment of traffic wardens is a matter for the Commissioner. He considers that enforcement and deployment in the hon. Gentleman's constituency are consistent with that achieved elsewhere in central London.