HC Deb 05 March 1889 vol 333 c948

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the police in Renfrewshire, and especially the police at Pollokshaws, are instructed by their superiors, or allowed by their superiors, to act as gamekeepers on the estate of Sir John Stirling Maxwell, baronet, of Pollok, and to apprehend and take the names of persons trespassing in pursuit of game, and to examine witnesses and prepare statements for Sir John's solicitors, for the purpose of prosecuting persons who trespass in pursuit of game on Sir John's estates; and, if so, under what Act of Parliament or other authority the above course is allowed?


This matter was referred to me, and, on making inquiries, I am informed by the Chief Constable that the Renfrewshire Constabulary are not allowed to act as gamekeepers in any part of the county, nor are they instructed or allowed to prepare statements for solicitors. If the hon. Member, in putting this Question, has has any special case in view, I shall be glad, on his furnishing me with particulars, to make further inquiries regarding it.