§ Mr. Burden
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, in view of the number of cars that are illegally parked in such a way as to hamper access to buildings in case of fire or other emergency, he will take urgent action to bring the traffic warden service in the West End and other London areas up to full strength.
§ Dr. Summerskill
Under the rate support grant settlement for 1975–76 provision was made for full recruitment of police officers up to authorised establishments but for only a small increase in police civilian staff, including traffic wardens, above the strength at 30th September 1974. This means that the present strength of the Metropolitan Police civilian staff as a whole will have to be very slightly reduced. But the Commissioner will continue to give as high priority as possible to preventing illegal parking which may obstruct emergency vehicles.