HC Deb 31 October 1906 vol 163 c1107

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that since August last 159 policemen have been engaged in Cheshire on special duty in accompanying bodies of gipsies who are travelling about the country; whether the shipping companies who brought these people to England are known; whether more persons of the same class are being brought; and whether the same regulations to stop the influx which proved effectual in the Scottish case will be adopted.


I am aware that the police in Cheshire, as in other counties, have been much concerned with wandering bands of alien gipsies. These bands form part, I believe, of those who arrived in Scotland earlier in the year. No gipsies are now being brought to the United Kingdom or have been brought since I took steps to stop the incursion into Scotland.