§ Mr. Peter Bruinvels
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vehicles impounded in the Metropolitan police area have never been reclaimed by their registered owners in each of the past 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
The table shows the number of vehicles removed to car pounds by the Metropolitan police (including those initially wheel clamped) which have not subsequently been reclaimed by their registered keeper or other authorised person in each year since 1980. The Commissioner has indicated that statistics in respect of unclaimed vehicles prior to 1980 are not available.
Year Unclaimed vehicles 1980 1,140 1981 1,274 1982 1,810 1983 2,157 1984 2,069 1985 1,619 1986 (up to 2 December 1986) 1,646