HC Deb 09 March 1876 vol 227 c1712

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether he will lay upon the Table of the House, a Copy of the Petition of the Tichborne Claimant, addressed to him on the 4th June 1875, containing certain complaints of bad treatment endured by him in Dartmoor Prison, together with a Copy of the Reply, if any; and of any other or further Petition or communication addressed to him by the same gentleman since the said 4th of June, with his answer thereto?


The only Petition that reached me was one dated on the 4th June; it reached the Home Office on the 14th June, but like all other Petitions for mercy from prisoners, for reasons which may be very well guessed at by hon. Members, and in behalf of the interests of prisoners themselves, it never has been the practice of the Secretary of State to lay such Petitions on the Table. But if the hon. Member wishes to see it, and will call at the Home Office, I shall have great pleasure in giving instructions that he shall see it.