§ MR. C. T. DYKE ACLAND (Cornwall, Launceston)
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether, having regard to the refusal of the Devon Court of Quarter Sessions to order an inquiry into the circumstances attending the death of Sergeant Allin and the conduct of the Chief Constable in connection with the case, the right hon. Gentleman will cause a full inquiry to be made in order that the public mind may be set at rest, or that any failure of justice in the case may be rectified; and if it is not in his power to order such an inquiry, whether there are any other steps which can be taken to secure this end?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. MATTHEWS) (Birmingham, E.)
The Question of the hon. Member contains the first information I have received as to the refusal of the Court of Quarter 575 Sessions to order an inquiry into this matter. Until I have communicated with the Chairman of Quarter Sessions, and am in possession of all the facts, I am unable to say whether any interference on my part would be proper or necessary.