15. Mr. TREVELYAN THOMSON
asked the Home Secretary on what grounds he communicated with the Exeter Local Authority in order to induce them to discontinue the appointment they 1942 had made, under Clause 3 of the Performing Animals (Regulation) Act, 1925, of the local Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' inspector, who is also a special constable, as the officer of the local authority duly authorised as their inspector?
§ Sir W. JOYNSON-HICKS
The question does not, I think, state the facts quite correctly. According to my information the local inspector of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was appointed a special constable for the express purpose of enabling him to enforce the Performing Animals (Regulation) Act. This is not a purpose for which under the Special Constables Order, 1923 (Statutory Rubs and Orders, No. 95), a special constable may be appointed, and I may add that it was also contrary to the intention of this House when pssing the Bill.