§ MR. SPEAKER
informed the House, that he had received from Mr. Justice Field and Mr. Justice Day, two of the Judges selected, in pursuance of The Corrupt Practices Prevention Acts, 1854 to 1883, for the Trial of Election Petitions, a Certificate and Report relating to the Borough of Aylesbury, and the same were read as follows:—
§ Aylesbury Election.
§ The Corrupt Practices Prevention Acts, 1854 to 1883.
§ To the Right Honourable the Speaker of the House of Commons.
§ We, the Honorable Sir "William Ventris Field, knight, and the Honorable Sir John Charles Day, knight, Justices of the High Court of Justice, and two of the Judges for the time being for the trial of Election Petitions in England, do hereby, in pursuance of the said Acts, certify that upon the second, third, and fourth days of March 1886 we duly held a Court at the County Hall, Aylesbury, in the County of Buckingham, for the trial of and did try the Parliamentary Election Petition for the Mid Bucks or Aylesbury Division of the County of Buckingham, wherein Frederick Charsley was the Petitioner and Ferdinand de Rothschild was the Respondent, which Petition prayed that it might be determined that the said Ferdinand de Rothschild was not duly elected or returned a Member to serve in Parliament for the said Division of the said County, and that his Election and return were and are wholly null and void.
§ And, in further pursuance of the said Acts, we report that at the conclusion of the said Trial we determined that the said Ferdinand de Rothschild, being the Member whose Election and return were complained of in the said Petition, was duly elected and returned, and we do hereby certify in writing such our determination to you.
§ And whereas charges were made in the said Petition of corrupt and illegal practices having been committed at the said Election, we, in further pursuance of the said Acts, report as follows:—
§ That no corrupt or illegal practice was proved to have been committed by or with the knowledge or consent of any Candidate at such Election, nor has any Candidate been proved guilty by his Agents of any illegal practice within the meaning of the Corrupt and Illegal Practices Prevention Act, 1883, in reference to such Election.
§ We further report that there is no reason to believe that either corrupt or illegal practices have extensively prevailed at the Parliamentary Election for the Mid Bucks or Aylesbury Division of the County of Buckingham, to which the said Petition relates.
§ Dated this 4th day of March 1886.
§ WILLIAM V. FIELD.
§ JOHN C. DAY.