HC Deb 22 February 1875 vol 222 cc626-7

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, If his attention has been called to the fact that the Report of the Labour Laws Commission appeared in the "Scotsman" newspaper of Thursday the 18th of February, when such Report had not been presented to this House; and, whether he can give any explanation of the circumstance?


I believe, Sir, it is true that a Report, purporting to be the Report of the Labour Laws Commissioners, did appear in The Scotsman newspaper on the morning of Thursday last. The Report of the Labour Laws Commission, however, was only delivered at the Home Office on Wednesday. It varies in certain material points from that which appeared in The Scotsman, and therefore the document cannot by any possibility have been got from the Home Office. The hon. Gentleman asks me, in the latter part of his Question, if I can explain the circumstances under which it was obtained. I only wish I could. I have communicated with the secretary of the Labour Laws Commission, and he tells me he is quite unable to give me any information about it.