HC Deb 13 April 1877 vol 233 c1075

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether he will lay upon the Table of the House, a copy of the evidence given in the case of the Queen v. Kenealy, tried on the 11th of May 1850, in the Court of Queen's Bench, before Lord Campbell; with a copy also of the sentence pronounced by Mr. Justice Patteson on the defendant on the 30th of May, 1850, and of the affidavits read in Court on the said day of sentence; copies of these being, it is believed, in the Home Office or at the Treasury?


I have made inquiries of the Solicitor to the Treasury, and also at the Home Office, as to whether these Papers have been preserved. I am given to understand that the Secretary of State had nothing whatever to do with the prosecution, and therefore the Solicitor to the Treasury knows nothing about the Papers. Most probably the whole of the documents will be found at the Crown Office, as the indictment would be moved by certiorari to the Queen's Bench. It is open to the hon. Gentleman to apply there, and I have no more power over it than he has. But this case occurred 27 years ago; and I wish to observe that if these Papers are asked for in consequence of anything that has arisen in the House, I, for one, deeply regret that the question should have been raised.