§ MR. SLACK (Hertfordshire, St. Albans)
I beg to ask the Secretary of I State for the Home Department whether I his attention has been directed to the accident which resulted in the death of a boy named William Henry Clifton, at Markyate, in the county of Hertford, on Tuesday, April 18th, 1905; and, if so, will he state what means of communication exist between the county police of the counties of Hertford and Bedford along the main roads of those counties; and whether there is any telephonic communication between the police of Dun-stable, Markyate, Redbourn, and St. Albans, and between the Hertford county constabulary and the city police of St. Albans; and, if not, whether he will take steps to secure the provision of such inter-communication as will meet the case of similar accidents.
THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. AKERS- DOUWLAS, Kent, St. Augustine's)
My attention has been directed to this case. I understand from the Chief Constable of Hertfordshire that the St. Albans city 47 police have means of telephonic communication with the Hertfordshire police through the National Exchange, that there is no telephonic communication from Dunstable to St. Albans via Markyate, and that the question of establishing such communication between St. Albans, Redbourn, and Markyate will come before the Standing Joint Committee of Hertfordshire, who, I would remind the hon. Member, are the police authority concerned, next month.