§ MR. LEA
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if his attention has been called to complaints 77 of London cabmen that they are harassed by certain constables of the Metropolitan Police, and that in these cases the constables have continually summoned the cabmen; and whether he will issue a Return showing the average number of summonses from the City Police with regard to cabmen, as compared with those for which the Metropolitan Police are responsible.
§ MR. GLADSTONE
I find, on inquiry, that certain verbal complaints have been made to the Commissioner of Police with regard to one district, and that he has investigated these complaints and finds they are not well founded. The constables do not summon cabmen, but report to their superintendents, who have to obtain the Commissioner's sanction before summoning. Drivers are seldom summoned for a first offence unless it is of a serious character. The circumstances of the City and the Metropolitan Police are so diverse that I do not think any useful purpose would be served by the Return suggested.