HC Deb 23 June 1927 vol 207 cc2019-20
8. Colonel DAY

asked the Home Secretary whether any application from municipal authorities have been made to him for his consent to by-laws prohibiting the undressing of bathers on the beach be- tween specified hours; if so, will he give the names of such authorities; and, in view of the many complaints of this nuisance received by seaside authorities, will he consider the introduction of legislation prohibiting undressing on, beaches for bathing purposes?


No recent applications have been made to me, but I understand certain local authorities, including, for example, Margate, Folkestone and Southwold, have by-laws on this subject. I have no knowledge of complaints being received by seaside authorities, and in so far as this practice may cause a nuisance I have no reason to think it cannot be dealt with under the existing law.

Colonel DAY

Is the Home Secretary aware that in many cases large groups of people undress on the beach without any covering at all?


I am quite sure that in any case of that kind the hon. Member who has put this question would not be present.


Is not this nuisance analogous to the nuisance in the case of some of the revues which are put on the music hall stage?