HC Deb 01 March 1870 vol 199 c1001

said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether his attention has been called to the remarks made last Thursday by Mr. Dayman, the sitting Magistrate at the Hammersmith Police Court, on his declining to convict a Cab Proprietor for a breach of the New Cab Regulations, on the ground of those Regulations being inconsistent with the provisions of the Act of 1869?


My attention, Sir, has been called to the decision of Mr. Dayman to which my hon. Friend refers, and I have directed an inquiry to be made into the legal validity of that decision. The opinion of Mr. Dayman, as far as it goes, has reference to only one of the cab regulations; but I may take this opportunity of mentioning that the Act of last Session was a mere provisional Act, and it was then my intention, and it is now my hope, to be able to introduce a Bill this Session to consolidate the various Acts and Regulations on this question. This will give the House an opportunity of discussing some of the questions on which a difference of opinion exists, especially as to the employment of lamps, and the use of "crawlers."