§ CAPTAIN A. J. C. DONELAN (Cork, E.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, having regard to the fact that the traffic over Blackfriars Bridge is under the control of the City police, he will suggest to the proper authorities the desirability of stationing a City constable at the southern end of the bridge (where the gradient is steep) with instructions to prevent 834 over-loading, and to see that gravel is applied when the roadway is slippery?
THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir M. WHITE-RIDLEY,) Lancashire, Blackpool
The Commissioner of City Police, with whom I have communicated, informs me that the bridge is constantly patrolled by a constable, whose chief duty is to pay attention to the traffic, and that it does not seem necessary to station him at the spot suggested in the Question. The gradient at the South end, in fact, begins some distance beyond the City boundary. The Commissioner has, however, again instructed the police on the subject, and has communicated with the authorities who are responsible for supplying the gravel.