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The Times.
Friday, 23 November 1888.

PARLIAMENT.
HOUSE OF COMMONS.
THURSDAY, November 22.

COMMON LODGING-HOUSES.

Mr. HOWELL asked the Home Secretary whether his attention had been called to the remarks of a metropolitan magistrate, Mr. Montagu Williams, at Worship-street Police-court, on Monday last - namely, "That the whole crime of the district is due to registered lodging-houses which are made the homes of the men who perpetrate robberies," and of the words of the policemen, whom he quotes, who said, "They were the resorts of notorious characters;" and whether he would cause in inquiry to be instituted into the common lodging-houses of the metropolis, with a view to further legislation and inspection.

Mr. MATTHEWS. - I have not yet been able to ascertain whether the learned magistrate made use of the words quoted, but I am informed by the police authorities that they know of no case in which a constable told a magistrate that common lodging-houses were the resort of notorious characters. In the opinion of the police it cannot be said that crime is due to common lodging-houses. There is no doubt that a certain number of the criminal class do live in common lodging-houses; but the owners of those houses are ready, as a rule, to assist the police with information, and the inmates are under police supervision to a greater extent than they would be if they were driven to live elsewhere. I have been for some time in communication with the Local Government Board and the police on the question whether the registration of common lodging-houses can be improved.


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       Press Reports: East End News - 05 October 1888 
       Press Reports: East End News - 4 January 1889 
       Press Reports: East London Advertiser - 10 November 1888 
       Press Reports: East London Advertiser - 6 October 1888 
       Press Reports: Echo - 3 October 1888 
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       Press Reports: Evening News - 23 November 1888 
       Press Reports: Evening News - 3 October 1888 
       Press Reports: Evening News - 5 October 1888 
       Press Reports: Leytonstone Express and Independent - 1 September 1888 
       Press Reports: Morning Advertiser - 14 December 1888 
       Press Reports: Morning Advertiser - 17 November 1888 
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       Press Reports: Star - 12 October 1888 
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