HC Deb 25 February 1886 vol 302 cc1207-8

asked the Secretary for Scotland, If any inquiry has been made into the circumstances connected with the alleged illegal demands of Sheriff Ivory, of Inverness-shire, to have the contents of private telegrams disclosed to him; and, if so, will the papers and memoranda in reference thereto be laid upon the Table of the House?


I will refer the hon. Member to the answer given by the then Postmaster General and myself on the 8th of June, 1885, on this subject, from which it will be seen that we did not consider there was ground for further inquiry beyond what was then made; and also to a statement made in this House by the First Lord of the Treasury of the late Government on 10th July last, in which he said that "no new information having reached the present Government, the Secretary of State did not see any ground for re-opening the case." Nothing has since occurred to alter the views thus expressed on the part of two successive Governments. I believe that there are various documents which have been called affidavits connected with the case.