§ 72. Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases were reported by the Metropolitan Police of road vehicles being on the road unlicensed during the past three months; how these figures compare 428W with the same period last year; and what action he has recently taken to prevent the growing evasion of the payment of road fund licences.
§ Mr. George Thomas
The Commissioner tells me that during the three month period December, 1965 to February, 1966, particulars of 29,656 apparently unlicensed vehicles seen on the road by the Metropolitan Police were reported to the appropriate licensing authorities. In the corresponding period 12 months previously the total was 14,857. These figures show an increasing level of enforcement by the police and do not call for any special action on my right hon. Friend's part.