Mr. Robert Ainsworth
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he is taking to ensure the introduction of secure and visible vehicle identification numbers to improve vehicle security.
§ Mr. Charles Wardle
The Home Office and the police have for some years been encouraging motor manufacturers to introduce visible vehicle identification numbers on all new cars.
This is preferably done by the number being displayed on a permament tamper-proof plate bonded to the nearside windscreen pillar or dashboard of the vehicle, and I am pleased to say that a number of manufacturers are now responding positively to our representations.