HC Deb 12 February 1864 vol 173 cc497-8

said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether the Government intend to take any steps, by application to the Court of Queen's Bench or otherwise, to prevent the execution of seven men simultaneously at Newgate?


said, in reply, that two days ago he received a letter from the Under Sheriff of London and Middlesex, written by the desire of the Sheriffs, requesting him to make an order that these prisoners should be sent to different seaports throughout the country to be executed there, in order that a greater impression might be made upon the seafaring population; and stating that the lion. Baronet the Member for Dundalk (Sir George Bowyer) had suggested that, if his (Sir George Grey's) powers were not sufficient, an application might be made to the Court of Queen's Bench to make such an order. He replied that he had himself no power to make such an order, nor did he think that there was sufficient reason to justify an application to the Court of Queen's Bench. The only recent cases in which that Court had made such orders were cases in which there was a disputed jurisdiction, and it was doubtful upon whom rested the legal obligation to carry the sentence into execution. No such doubts existed in the present case, and therefore he did not see that there was any reason for departing from the usual course.