§ 2.35 p.m.
§ LORD STONHAM
My Lords, I beg leave to ask the Question which stands in my name on the Order Paper.
§ [The Question was as follows:
§ To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the technical advisory committee, appointed by the Deputy Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis to review the conditions of fitness for London taxicabs, has completed its work, and whether they will now publish the new regulations.]
THE JOINT PARLIAMENTARY UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (EARL BATHURST)
My Lords, this technical advisory committee has completed its work and I am glad to inform the noble Lord that copies of its report are in fact in your Lordships' Library. The Deputy Commissioner has accepted the recommendations of the committee and the revised conditions of fitness, which tare to come into force on January 1, 1963. They will be published in August.
§ LORD STONHAM
My Lords, whilst thanking the noble Earl for that very satisfactory reply, and congratulating him on his success in running this report to ground in the Library, may I ask by which Department the report will eventually be published, and where it will be obtainable by members of the cab trade, who are most anxious to know know what is in it, in order to make preparations in readiness for January 1 next year?
My Lords, I think this report will be published by my right honourable friend at the Home 134 Office. Should I be wrong, I will let the noble Lord know. In any case, it will be available to all who are interested in taxicabs.