§ MR. CAVENDISH BENTINCK (Penryn and Falmouth)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether au arrangement can be come to between the authorities of the City and the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police to put a stop to unnecessary street processions within their respective districts; and, whether he is aware that the obstructions to traffic and general inconvenience resulting from processions in the public thoroughfares are highly disapproved by the vast majority of the inhabitants of London?
§ MR. MATTHEWS
I believe that the majority of the inhabitants of London disapprove of the obstruction to traffic and public inconvenience arising 1255 processions which do not afford to the eyes or ears of the public any gratification to compensate for the interference with the free passage along the streets which is the common right. I should hope that the good sense and good feeling of those who are fond of walking in processions will induce them to select routes and times which will cause the least possible annoyance to others, and so render police action unnecessary.