HC Deb 31 March 1847 vol 91 cc673-4

again called the attention of Sir G. Grey to the case of Charles Cooper and three other persons who had been taken into custody and detained two days on a charge that could not be proved against them, and that they were not allowed to instruct their counsel except in the presence of the police officer. He wished to ask the right hon. Gentleman what he intended to do on the subject?—whether he intended to amend the law, if such was the law?


said, that inquiry had been made into the matter, and he was informed that the police-constable was not in a position to hear any communications that might have been made by the parties to their professional adviser; and he (Sir G. Grey) had been assured by the magistrates that they were confident the Brighton police would not do anything to prevent any accused parties from making those communications that were usual in such cases.