Stephen Timms made the comment and told MPs that the UK had ‘the highest rate of attacks per capita’ in the world.

MPs debated the response to corrosive substance attacks and the longstanding Labour MP (East Ham) called on the Government to take ‘significant action’.

He said: ‘I’ve had a number of discussions with representatives of moped delivery drivers and they say there are now parts of London where their drivers are not willing to go because of the danger of attack.