HC Deb 11 May 1944 vol 399 cc2075-6
40. Captain Duncan

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has considered appeals from residents of the Northland Ward, North Kensington, asking for stronger police action, in view of their concern and anxiety because of the number of burglaries in the neighbourhood; what reply has he sent; and whether he proposes to increase the police protection of this district.

The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Herbert Morrison)

Yes, Sir. I have consulted the Commissioner of Police, who informs me that a small number of cases of breakings into premises have occurred in this neighbourhood. The police are fully alive to the situation and constant attention is being paid to it, with the result that several arrests have been effected. It is not the case that the police protection of the district has been reduced, and I can find no grounds for any further action on my part.

Captain Duncan

In view of the anxiety and of the responsible character of the people who have sent this memorial to the right hon. Gentleman, will he be prepared to receive a small deputation if I find a suitable day?

Mr. Morrison

I hardly think I should be justified in that. I will try to find some means whereby the complaints can be further examined, if that will meet the hon. and gallant Member. In the meantime, I hope he wit not call too much attention to this, otherwise, perhaps, it will induce burglars to come from other parts of London.

Commander Locker-Lampson

Is the Minister aware that Dolphin Square had five burglaries in one section in a fortnight, and should the policemen no longer run the black-out but leave it to the A.R.P., to catch the real criminals?

Mr. Morrison

This Question relates to the Northland Ward of the Royal Borough of Kensington. I understand that Dolphin Square is in the City of Westminster. Perhaps the hon. and gallant Member will put that down.