§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware of the growing number of abandoned vehicles being parked on the public highways without Road Fund licences and with time-expired licences, that the residue of petrol in the tanks of these vehicles is a source of danger to children and others due to the danger of explosion, and that Johnny Stayte of West Ham was recently seriously injured when the petrol tank of a derelict car exploded; and whether he will instruct the police in the Metropolitan 144W area to report all such vehicles to the appropriate authorities with a view to legal action where necessary.
§ Mr. George Thomas
The Metropolitan police already report to the appropriate authorities vehicles on the roads with time-expired road fund licences or apparently abandoned in a dangerous condition. In a recent circular to local authorities my right hon. Friend the Minister of Housing and Local Government drew attention to the need to make provision for the disposal of abandoned cars.