HC Deb 05 July 1904 vol 137 cc643-4

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to the frauds perpetrated in connection with the practice of palmistry, crystal-gazing, clairvoyance, and other species of fortune telling in the West End; and, if so, whether he will instruct the police to institute prosecutions without further delay.


I have very little to add to the Answer given by my predecessor to a similar Question put by the hon. Member some three years ago.† It was stated then that the police had instructions to watch suspicious cases of the nature indicated by the hon. Member and to take proceedings when there was good ground for believing that fraud or imposition was being practised. Those instructions stand; and a prosecution has been instituted whenever satisfactory evidence of fraud or imposition was available.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the residents of Park Lane take a very deep interest in this question?

[No Answer was returned.]