§ MR. WHALLEY
asked the Under Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to his statement denying that a placard offering rewards of £1,000 and £300 for the apprehension of Arthur Orton, and that a police officer from Australia, to whom the said Arthur Orton was known, failed to recognize the defendant in the Tichborne case, Whether 683 he will afford any and what opportunity for proving that the information given to him and so communicated to the House was not correct?
§ SIR HENRY SELWIN-IBBETSON (for Mr. ASSHETON CROSS)
, in reply, said, he must remind the hon. Member that these circumstances happened before the accession of the present Home Secretary to office. His right hon. Friend had taken every means in his power to ascertain whether there had been any such occurrences as those stated in the Question. He applied to the principal officer of police who had charge of the police business of the trial, and also to the counsel for the prisoner, and from both of them he had got a distinct denial of any knowledge of such a transaction. The hon. Member had been answered already once on the subject, and the Treasury could afford no further information.
§ MR. WHALLEY
said, the latter part of the Question had not been answered—namely, whether the Homo Secretary would afford an opportunity of establishing that the information communicated to the House was not correct.