Public Places (Order) Bill 1924

Scope and Content

Consists of:

- correspondence relating to a case of women arrested for soliciting in Tottenham Court Road, London (Sep 1922)

- correspondence enlisting support for bill to repeal/amend solicitation laws

- carbon copy of letter to 'The Editor' from Alison Neilans on the legal position and treatment of women described as 'common prostitutes'

- copy of Helen Wilson's memorandum asking the Association for Moral and Social Hygiene to withdraw its Street Order Bill, but to concentrate on repeal of special laws against prostitutes

- copy of 'Repeal of Solicitation laws. Memorandum no 3 with questionnaire'

- correspondence concerning drafts of bill to repeal solicitation laws, one amended by Special Executive on 17 Jan 1923

- copy of Home Office memorandum on the history of Metropolitan Police Orders as regards solicitation etc by Sir Ernley Blackwell, Street Offences Committee, 1923

- report of a conference on the Street Order Bill on 13 Mar 1923

- report of the London Council of Public Morality on the question of solicitation and its treatment in May 1923

- carbon copy notes on the report by London Council of Public Morality on women's courts

- memorandum on the Street Bill by Helen Wilson (2 Jan 1924)

- objections to Clause 3 of George Johnson's Street Bill by AC Wilson (6 Jan 1924)

- minutes of Street Bill Sub-committee (11 Jan and 4 Feb 1924)

- suggested draft of memorandum on the Street Act 1924

- minutes of meeting on Street Bill at the House of Commons on 15 Jul 1924

Publications:

- pamphlet 'The need for repealing the present solicitation laws' by George W Johnson, the Association for Moral and Social Hygiene, 1922 (manuscript notes)

- leaflet 'A bill to repeal certain laws relating to prostitutes and to amend the law relating to order in streets and public places', proof, the Association for Moral and Social Hygiene, 1923

- leaflet 'Women's courts. Committee of Enquiry 1924', London Public Morality Council, 1924

- leaflet 'Campaign for repeal of the solicitation laws. Public Places (Order) Bill', the Association for Moral and Social Hygiene, 1926 (proof crossed out)

For the following publications consult The Women's Library printed collections catalogue:

- leaflet 'Do you think a man should be liable to be arrested on a charge of annoying women unless the annoyed woman is prepared to come forward and give evidence against him? / Association for Moral and Social Hygiene, Apr 1923 (ref 345.02534 DOY)

- leaflet 'Explanatory memorandum on 'Street Bill', the Assocation for Moral and Social Hygiene, Sep 1924 (ref 305.420941 JOS)

- pamphlet 'Some notes on prostitution. Prepared for the COPEC Commission as a basis for its section on 'prostitution' in the report on 'The relation of the sexes' 1923-1924' by Alison Neilans, reprinted from 'The Shield', Aug / Sep 1924 (ref 305.420941 JOS)

- leaflet 'Memorandum on bill to repeal certain laws relating to prostitutes and to amend the law relating to order in streets and public places', reprinted from 'The Shield', 1924 (ref 345.02534 ASS)