§ Mr. NIELD
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he was aware that frequent depredations had been recently made by hen-roost robbers in the neighbourhood of Greenford and Perivale; and if he would direct that special attention should be given by the detective department of the Metropolitan Police to discover the offenders, and put an end to these robberies?
§ Mr. CHURCHILL
The area referred to represents seven and a-half square miles, and it is remarkable that in this area there have been only four cases of fowl-stealing in the last twelve months. In these circumstances I see no reason to conclude that this evil is particular to the localities of Greenford and Perivale.
Sir GILBERT PARKER
Will the right hon. Gentleman give special instructions 1397 to the detectives of his Department to give attention to the movements of the Chancellor of the Exchequer?