§ MR. H C. RICHARDS (Finsbury, E.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he is aware that a troop of actors perform twice every Sunday in Hyde Park, attracting an audience by shouts of "Murder," and requesting and securing contributions before, during and after the dramatic performances which they render; and if these practices are in accord with the existing police regulations?
§ *THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOE THE HOME DEPARTMENT (SIR MATTHEW WHITE RIDLEY,) Lancashire, Blackpool
I am informed that character sketches and similar performances have been given in Hyde Park for many years past, and that in most cases collections are made by the performers. None of the performers, however, have been heard by the police to shout "Murder" for the purpose of attracting an audience. These practices do not appear to infringe any of the existing Park Regulations, which, I may add, are not Police Regulations, but are either statutory or are made by the Office of Works.