HC Deb 01 August 1906 vol 162 cc1051-2

I beg to ask the Lord Advocate whether he proposes to take any action to enable the police in the town of Dunblane to deal with loiterers and beggars; whether Section 420 of the Act of 1892, as to retailers of coals, is in force in that town; and, if so, will he explain why offences of that nature are not reported to the borough prosecutor.


Dunblane is not. excepted from the operation of the Burgh Police Act, 1892. If, under that Act, or in any other manner, there is a failure of duty upon the part of the police, or in the reporting of the offences, the proper course is for any persons or authorities aggrieved to report the matter to the sheriff of the county. In view, however, of the inquiries by my hon. friend, such as the present and that on the Paper for to-morrow, I have adopted the course of sending the whole correspondence and documents to the Crown Agent in Edinburgh for report.