HC Deb 14 June 1888 vol 327 c226

Order for Consideration, as amended, read.

THE LORD ADVOCATE (Mr. J. H. A. MACDONALD) (Edinburgh and St. Andrew's Universities)

said, he did not now propose to ask the House to proceed with the Bill, but desired to make a short statement. Some of his hon. Friends in Committee suggested that it would be only right that when an appeal was allowed to the Public Prosecutor that some allowance should be made to meet the costs of prisoners defending themselves against such appeal. It was a matter not quite within the discretion of the Lord Advocate; but he had communicated with the Treasury, and they saw no objection to costs in such cases being allowed.

Consideration, as amended, deferred till To-morrow.