HC Deb 08 July 1965 vol 715 cc284-5W
19. Mr. Dudley Smith

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will now announce details of the extension of the six-mile taxi meter limit.

Mr. George Thomas

To extend the six-mile limit for controlled fares will require legislation. Discussions are continuing with the cab trade on a suitable fares structure, but I cannot say when it will be possible for legislation to be introduced.

45. Sir J. Eden

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in view of the high charges asked by taxi-drivers for the journey from London Airport to London, what has been the result of the consultations he has had with taxi-cab owners with a view to establishing a recommended maximum price.

Mr. George Thomas

The object of my right hon. and learned Friend's discussions with the cab trade, which are still continuing, is to arrive at a suitable basis for the statutory control of fares for all journeys within the Metropolitan Police District.

The trade has for some time recommended cab drivers to charge a fare of 50/55 shillings for the journey between London Airport and central London, but this has no statutory authority.