HC Deb 24 February 1927 vol 202 cc1900-1
27. Mr. VIANT

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that the West London Amalgamated Hospital Society has for many years organised processions, and collections have been taken en route, for the purpose of helping the hospitals of London, and that by this means considerable sums of money have been obtained by a society of voluntary workers; that the society has been notified that in future collections can only be made at stationary points; and whether, in view of the fact that this new regulation will seriously affect the receipts, he will reconsider the matter?


Before 1920 collections accompanying moving processions were entirely prohibited. In 1920 the Regulations were amended so as to allow collecting processions in special cases, but experience has shown that these processions are liable to cause so much disturbance and interference with traffic that it was decided to amend the Street Collection Regulations so as to prohibit the practice. I am sorry to have to put any obstacle in the way of collections for good objects, but the London traffic problem is now such that other considerations must be subordinated to traffic considerations.