HC Deb 20 May 1867 vol 187 c778

said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, What his intentions are with reference to this Bill which stood for second reading?


It is not my intention, Sir, to proceed with the Bill this evening. I expected to be in possession of the course recommended by the Law Officers of the Crown before I should be called on to reply to the hon. Gentleman's Question, but I have not received their opinion yet. I think, however, that it is desirable the question of meetings in Royal Parks should be discussed without reference to a meeting for a particular object. My desire is that all persons should be enabled to enter the Parks for the purposes of recreation and enjoyment, and I believe that we shall best enable them to do so by preserving the rights of the Crown. As I think the question will be likely to receive a far calmer discussion at another time than now, when events connected with the recent meeting in Hyde Park are still fresh in the recollection of hon. Members and the public, I propose to postpone the second reading till after Whitsuntide, solely with the view that the subject should receive a satisfactory discussion.