HC Deb 12 April 1934 vol 288 c491
16. Mr. LEWIS

asked the Home Secretary if his attention has been called to the recommendation contained in the report of the advisory committee on street collections for 1933, to the effect that the number of charity street collections in the Metropolitan Police District are excessive and should be limited in future; and whether he proposes to take steps to carry this recommendation into effect?


This matter has been engaging the attention of the Commissioner of Police and myself for some time. It was discussed with representatives of the various local authorities in the Metropolitan Police District at a recent conference, and the possibility of reducing the number of street collections held in the Metropolitan Police District is being considered in the light of that discussion.


Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether he has power to enforce a reduction in the number of such collections, or whether legislation would be required to give him the power?


I think it can be done under present regulations.