HC Deb 19 February 1920 vol 125 cc1084-5W

asked the Home Secretary if his attention has been called to the frequent overcrowding of cinema theatres, where the aisles are obstructed and the exits blocked, a state of things which invites disaster; and whether he will consider the advisability of giving the police power to enter such establishments and summon the managers in cases where the public safety is involved?


During the past five years the Home Office has received very few complaints as to exits and overcrowd- ing in cinema theatres. The police have full power to enter such establishments and to prosecute the manager in cases where the Regulations—which make full provision for the public safety—are not complied with.