HC Deb 30 July 1937 vol 326 c3528W
Sir G. Fox

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to a prosecution at the Guildhall which indicated that there is a regular system of police traps for motorists in the City, even in the early hours of the morning when the streets are deserted; whether such prosecutions rest solely with the City Police; whether there is any similar system of traps in the deserted parts of the Metropolitan area; and whether he will require the police authorities to use discretion in the adoption of methods of this nature?

Sir S. Hoare

I have seen Press accounts of the case referred to. It must be remembered that the speed limit applies throughout the whole 24 hours, and it is the duty of the police to enforce the law. The times during which speed controls operate must be left to the discretion of individual Chief Officers of Police who are familiar with local conditions and it is not for me to give them any directions in this matter.