§ Sir C. Edwards
asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that Dr. L. Grunis, of Peckham, was summoned for leaving his car outside a house for 15 minutes when visiting a patient, and was fined 10s. at the Old Street police court on 25th February last; and, in order that doctors may carry on their professional duties, will he instruct the police not to bring actions of this kind against them or, alternatively, will he take steps to get the law altered?
§ Mr. Lloyd
The law relating to the obstruction of the highway applies to all vehicles alike. My right hon. Friend has no authority to advise the police to refrain from enforcing it against any particular class of the community, nor does he on present information see grounds for the introduction of legislation on the lines suggested. So far, however, as is consistent with their duty to prevent obstruction of the highway, the police already endeavour to allow a reasonable latitude to drivers who have good reason to leave their vehicles waiting on the streets for short periods.