HC Deb 01 March 1934 vol 286 c1251
15. Mr. JOEL

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the recommendation of one of His Majesty's inspectors of constabulary in favour of the registration of dealers in gold and silver articles; and whether he is considering the introduction of legislation to that end, in view of the help it would give both in the detection of crime and the recovery of stolen property?


asked the Home Secretary whether, in order to facilitate the detection of crime and the recovery of stolen property, he will consider introducing legislation requiring dealers in precious metals to be registered and to keep records, to which the police may have access, regarding the purchase and origin of their stock?


The recent report of His Majesty's inspector of constabulary drew attention to a matter which I am aware is giving a good deal of concern to the police. My Department has been and still is in communication with chief officers of police as to the best method of dealing with the problem.

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