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Volume 202: debated on Thursday 7 July 1870

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said, he wished to ask the First Commissioner of Works, Whether his attention has been directed to several letters which have recently appeared in the "Daily Telegraph," in which grave charges of misconduct and extortion are made against certain park keepers in the Regent's Park; and, if so, whether he intends to take immediate steps to investigate such charges, and to protect the visitors to the Park from the alleged malpractices of the park keepers?

said, in reply, that the only constable known to have been guilty of the practices which were complained of had absconded and resigned. As to the general complaints, it was quite impossible that they could be investigated if they were not immediately made to the Secretary of the Office of Works. If people would not disclose their names and make a complaint, it was impossible that the constables could be punished. He, therefore, recommended that in every such case the name and address of the complainant should be given, so that the complaint might be investigated, and, if it was well-founded, that the constable might be punished.