HC Deb 06 April 1925 vol 182 cc1829-30
83. Mr. GROVES

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will cause special investigation to be undertaken by the Police Commissioner respecting the present exceptional danger to the public who desire to cross the Broadway, Stratford, and the road at Stratford Market Station, inasmuch as the vehicular traffic has seriously increased lately; and will he investigate the reason why there is only one policeman on duty at each of those points, although the public has frequently expressed through the local Member of Parliament the necessity for additional police assistance there?


The Commissioner informs me that there is no exceptional danger to pedestrians at either place. The accidents known to the police to have occurred at Stratford Broadway during the year 1924 were in fact lower than any year since 1920, and those by Stratford Market Station are just up to the average for those four years. The police employed at each place are considered adequate for the purpose, having regard to the present strength of the force.


I was born there and have lived there all my life. [HON. MEMBERS: "Order!"] I put down this question perfectly seriously. I see the danger and I beg to assure the right hon. Gentleman—[HON. MEMBERS: "Order!"]