§ MR. GROTRIAN (Hull, E.)
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether his attention has been called to the case of Elizabeth Oliver, aged 13, who was murdered in East Hull on the 8th of February, having, according to the medical evidence, been first outraged; and, whether, having regard to the fact that the perpetrator or perpetrators of this murder are still at large, he will recommend that a reward be offered by the Government for the discovery of those concerned in this outrage and murder?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. MATTHEWS) (Birmingham, E.)
Yes, Sir; my attention has been called to this case. The Home Office has for some years past discontinued the practice of offering rewards in such cases, on the ground that they have been found by experience not only to be ineffectual towards the detection of crime, but even to operate prejudicially. I do 1483 not feel justified in departing from this practice in the present instance.