§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that at intermittent intervals for the past four years reports have been made to police constables on duty in the Bacon Street, E.1, area that a diesel Commer commercial van 293BXK, has been on the public highway in this street every Sunday morning from 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m., without showing a current road fund licence, and that on Sunday, 23rd July, 1967 at 11.45 a.m. further reports were made to Police Constables H553 and H475; and whether he will cause an investigation to be made as to why no action has been taken to enforce the law in this instance.
§ Mr. Taverne
I am informed by the Commissioner of Police that according to the records of the licensing authority this 329W vehicle was licensed continuously from March, 1961, until a change of ownership in October, 1966. It was seen, with no excise licence on display, by a police officer on 1st June, 1967, and a report was made to the licensing authority. The officers referred to in the Question were asked on 23rd July whether the vehicle was parked in breach of the law, and on the information they possessed at the time they concluded that it was not. The Commissioner assures me that appropriate action will be taken if at any time the vehicle is observed in contravention of the law.