HC Deb 24 June 1864 vol 176 cc255-6

said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether it is the fact that the Police are not employed in Saint James's Park as they were in the Green Park and other Parks; and, if so, why that is the case; and whether frequent complaints have been made to the Home Office of the proceedings which take place from want of police supervision in Saint James's Park?


said, in reply, that since 1840 the ordinary police had not been employed in the enclosed part of St. James's Park (which he believed was the part the hon. Member referred to) as distinguished from the road, the Mall, and Birdcage Walk; and the reason was that the enclosed part was on the same footing as Kensington Gardens, and was under the charge of the First Commissioner of Works. The park keepers, however, were sworn in as constables, and had the same powers and responsibilities as the ordinary police. He was not aware that any complaints had been made to the Home Office, but he should inquire.