HC Deb 08 July 1965 vol 715 cc301-2W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware of the practice of car owners leaving vehicles unlicensed and parked on the London streets, many becoming derelict and eyesores to the general public, and in most instances leaving petrol in the vehicles' tanks which has caused explosions and damage and has injured children; and what further action Her Majesty's Government proposes to take to stop this evasion of the law and to prevent this nuisance.

Mr. George Thomas

This is primarily a matter for local authorities, to whom a circular of guidance was sent by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Housing and Local Government in February last, drawing attention to the need to make provision for the disposal of abandoned cars. Action is taken by the police when the abandoned vehicle constitutes a specific traffic hazard or some other type of public danger.