§ MR. ATHERLEY-JONES (Durham, N.W.)
asked, When the Report of the Chief Commissioner with regard to the inquiry into the case of Miss Cass would be published, and when the action of the Lord Chancellor with reference to Mr. Newton would be known; also, whether there was any truth in a statement which had appeared in the Press, to the effect that the Government had provided the necessary funds for the defence of Miss Cass before the Commissioner?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. MATTHEWS) (Birmingham, E.)
I have no personal objection to the publication of the Report of the Commissioner, if I find it can be published without doing legal injury to individuals. On that point I must consult the Law Officers. I have no knowledge as to what action the Lord Chancellor may have taken with regard to Mr. Newton, or as to his decision. There is no truth whatever in the rumour that the legal expenses of Miss Cass in the course of the inquiry were furnished by the Government.