HC Deb 13 June 1845 vol 81 c481
Mr. Roebuck

wished to know whether, from circumstances which had lately come before the Home Secretary, that right hon. Gentleman was of opinion that the state of the law in the Channel Islands called for inquiry; and, if so, what he, as the adviser of Her Majesty, having power, not only of inquiry, but of legislation, proposed to do?

Sir James Graham

said, that circumstances had come to his knowledge with respect to the administration of justice in the Channel Islands, which induced him to think that some inquiry should be instituted. He was not, however, disposed to assent to the form of inquiry proposed by the hon. and learned Member, of a Committee of Inquiry of that House. He had thought it, however, his duty to address a letter officially to the President of the Council, recommending that the pleasure of Her Majesty in Council should be taken whether a Commission of Inquiry might not be issued into the mode of the administration of the criminal law in the Channel Islands, and of the constitution of the tribunals by which that law was administered.

Mr. Roebuck

did not altogether agree with the right hon. Baronet as to the ineligibility of a Committee of Inquiry in that House.