HC Deb 31 July 1857 vol 147 cc800-1

said, he would beg to inquire of the right hon. Gentleman the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether it was was the intention of the Government to order the Attorney General to prosecute all the persons reported to the House by Election Committees as having violated the laws of the country, or whether the prosecutions were to be confined to the cases of the persons reported against by the Mayo County Election Committee.


said, he believed the ordinary practice to be that the Attorney General was ordered to prosecute on the Motion of the Chairman of Election Committees, if it were the opinion of the Committees, that what had taken place, justified such a proceeding. In the case of the Mayo County Election the Chairman of the Election Committee, with, he understood, the concurrence of the Committee, made a Motion for the prosecution of two individuals. He did not know who were the other persons to whom the hon. Gentleman alluded, but he had no doubt that if the Chairman of other Election Committees should make similar Motions, the House would deal with each case according to its merits.

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