HC Deb 08 June 1888 vol 326 cc1529-30
MR. T. M. HEALY (Longford, N.)

asked the noble Lord the Member for Tavistock (Devon), If he would explain why the Select Committee, over which he presided, as to the Admission of Strangers, did not request an explanation from the hon. Member for Bermondsey (Mr. Lafone) of the statements made affecting him by Mr. Monro of Scotland Yard, or why no opportunity was given to the hon. Member to reply to the statements contained in Answers 782–789?


I believe that every member of the Committee, except the hon. and learned Member for West Ham (Mr. Forrest Fulton), was present when the statement referred to in the Question was made in answer to a question put by the right hon. Gentleman the Member for the Bridgeton Division of Glasgow (Sir George Trevelyan), and neither that right hon. Gentleman nor anyone else suggested that it was desirable to take the course indicated in the Question addressed to me. There is, therefore, no foundation whatever for the suggestion made yesterday by the hon. Member for the Scotland Division of Liverpool (Mr. T. P. O'Connor), that the majority of the Committee resisted such a proposal from political motives. I cannot answer for anyone but myself; but I did not think that there was any need to ask the hon. Member for Bermondsey (Mr. Lafone) for an explanation—[Cries of "Why not?" and Mr. SPEAKER: "Order, order!"]—as no imputation appeared to have been made or suggested. Perhaps, as the hon. and learned Gentleman who puts the Question to me was so particular the other night about the correct description of the constituencies of hon. Gentlemen, I may tell him that mine is not accurately described on the Paper.


I must apologize to the noble Viscount—I got it from Dod.