HC Deb 13 October 1908 vol 194 c167

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, having regard to the increase of fatal and other serious street accidents, due to motor traffic, in the last two or three years, and having regard to the fact that, except in the parks, the excessive speed of motor vehicles, especially in crowded thoroughfares, has become a public danger, he will, either by new or more stringent regulations or by a special order to the police, take steps to obtain throughout the Metropolis some uniform restriction of speed and the more effective enforcement of the law.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Gladstone.) The police are instructed to enforce the law as effectively as their powers permit. I have no authority to bring about by regulation or order any "uniform restriction of speed"; that, I must repeat, can be done only by the Local Government Board acting on the application of the local authorities under Section 9 of the Motor Car Act.