HC Deb 20 December 1956 vol 562 c205W
3. Mr. Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that, due to the oil and petrol shortage and the increased tax of 1s. per gallon on petrol, there are less cars, lorries and vehicles on the roads; and what instructions he has therefore given, or intends to give, to the Metropolitan Police to cut down their motor and other vehicle patrols, and thus save petrol and fuel.

Major Lloyd-George

The use of cars and motor cycles for traffic patrols has been restricted to the essential minimum. The Commissioner is keeping the position under constant review and motor patrol duties will be adjusted from day to day in the light of the prevailing traffic conditions.