HC Deb 19 February 1877 vol 232 cc578-9

asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, Whether the attention of Her Majesty's Government has been called to the remarks made by the Chief Justice of Newfoundland, when passing sentence upon a prisoner who was found guilty of manslaughter, on the "so-called French shore" of that island, and especially of his statement that along more than one hundred miles of that coast there is not a single magistrate or a solitary constable to whom application for redress or protection can be made; and that in regard to crimes committed within this area nothing has been done to bring offenders to justice, so that unless persons defend their lives and property by their own hand, they have no means of protection; and, whether it is the intention of Her Majesty's Government to take early steps to remedy the evil complained of, and to establish some authority to maintain peace and order on that portion of the shore to which the Chief Justice refers?


in reply, said, attention had been called to the subject, and steps had already been taken by Her Majesty's Government towards appointing magistrates to administer the law in that portion of the colonies. They were in communication with the Newfoundland Government as to the details of the necessary arrangements.