§ 39. Mr. B. SMITH
asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been 1577 called to the case of George John Hicklin, who was dismissed for not driving a motor omnibus fast enough; and whether he proposes to take legislative action to make employers responsible who systematically incite their employés to exceed the speed limit?
The attention of my right hon. Friend has not previously been drawn to this particular case. Steps taken by proprietors to see that drivers maintain the scheduled services, so far as practicable, do not necessarily involve any incitement to drive at excessive speeds. I would remind the hon. Member that it is already an offence to incite another to commit a summary offence, and that, if the Criminal Justice Bill pass into law, such an offence will be liable to be dealt with summarily.