HC Deb 28 March 1867 vol 186 cc730-1

said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, If the Postmaster General will remove Samuel Parnell, Postmaster, Totnes, convicted of bribery and corrupt practices at the Elections of Totnes in the years 1857, 1859, 1862, 1863, and 1865; and, if the Lord Chancellor will remove from the Commission of the Peace for that borough Charles Webber, Esq., and Webber Chaster, Esq., declared guilty by the Commission of corrupt practices and bribery?


in reply to the first Question, said, he believed the Postmaster General was in communication with the Treasury, with which Department the person mentioned was connected, and that the cases were under the consideration of that Department. In answer to the second Question, he might state that the Lord Chancellor was engaged in considering all those cases which came within the scope of the Address of this House, which had recently been presented to Her Majesty on the subject of corrupt practices at elections. When the noble and learned Lord had fully considered all those cases the result of his deliberation would be communicated to the House.


said he should give notice that he would, on a future day, call the attention of the House to the Report of the Commission of Inquiry respecting corrupt practices at Totnes, and to the conduct of the Duke of Somerset and his agents.