HC Deb 20 June 1878 vol 240 cc1878-9

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, If his attention has been called to a recent magisterial decision (Southwark Police Court) by which it is made an offence to keep an early coffee stall in the streets; and, if he will take into consideration the policy of such decision?


Sir, I have been in communication with the magistrate and also the chief magistrate on this matter; and, as I understand the decision, it has nothing like the effect attributed to it by the hon. Member's Question. There is no doubt that these coffee stalls are legal; but it is quite necessary that they should be under some regulation. Whenever a particular stall turns out to be a source of annoyance to the neighbourhood, then it may be suppressed, but not otherwise. There is no intention to re-consider the decision in question.