§ MR. SEYMOUR ORMSBY - GORE (Lincolnshire, Gainsborough)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if his attention has been called to the resolution adopted at the Michaelmas Quarter Sessions of the Parts of Lindsey, that His Majesty's Government should be approached with the object of their initiating legislation for the amendment of the Vagrancy Laws upon the lines found to be successful in Belgium, or in some other manner efficacious for dealing with those laws throughout the United Kingdom for the benefit of the public at large; and, if so, will he say whether there is any probability of His Majesty's Government acting upon this resolution.
§ * THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. AKERS-DOUGLAS,) Kent, St. Augustine's
Yes, Sir, and I have given the important questions dealt with in the resolution special consideration. The Government are of opinion that the matter is one for careful and early inquiry; but I am not prepared at this moment to make a statement as to the form which the inquiry will take.