HC Deb 26 May 1881 vol 261 c1306

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Why, in a recent case of the abuse of a child of nine years of age, the police permitted the offender to escape from England without endeavouring to bring him to justice; whether he will cause inquiries to be made why no prosecution was instituted by the police authorities; and, whether he will give instructions that in future the police shall take the necessary steps to prevent such a failure of justice; or, if the police have no jurisdiction in such cases, whether he will state who is the proper person to undertake prosecutions in matters of this kind?


This matter is now under investigation. I have not got the facts properly before me, and it would be premature for me to express an opinion on them.