HC Deb 12 March 1868 vol 190 c1450

said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether the Government propose to bring forward any measure for the purpose of giving greater power to Magistrates or Poor Law Guardians in dealing with those Vagrants who are habitual Tramps, so as to check the growing increase of Vagrancy?


, in reply, said, the subject was one in which he took a great interest, although it was rather more closely connected with another Department than with his own. It was certainly advisable that habitual vagrants should be kept apart from the ordinary poor; but there had at present been found much difficulty in effecting this. At present no measure was in contemplation on the subject; but he was in communication with the noble Lord the President of the Poor Law Board with regard to it.