HC Deb 18 May 1950 vol 475 c168W
73. Mr. J. Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware that great inconvenience and loss is being caused by the high rate of theft of private motor vehicles throughout the country which can be avoided if owners would fit, at small expense, a hidden switch controlling the ignition system; what representations have been made to him from any organisations concerned with motoring on this matter; and what steps he proposes to take.

Mr. Ede

Thefts of private cars are undoubtedly numerous and various devices of varying degrees of effectiveness have been produced with the object of preventing them. I have, however, no power to require motor car owners to adopt any of these devices. I have not received any recent representations on the subject of theft from any motoring organisation.