HC Deb 14 May 1888 vol 326 c170
MR. TUITE (Westmeath, N.)

asked Mr. Solicitor General for Ireland, with reference to the insurance frauds at Belfast, Whether he can now state if the Government intend to make any inquiry or to take any proceedings in connection with the forgery of the name of Mr. Finlay M'Cance, J.P., Belfast, as proven by that gentleman during the recent trials at Belfast, and by means of which a policy of assurance was obtained on his life in favour of Mr. James Henderson, proprietor of The Belfast News Letter, notwithstanding that Mr. Henderson had no insurable interest in the life of Mr. M'Cance; and, whether, considering the shocking practices which have been recently carried on in Belfast with respect to assurances by certain persons on the lives of others who were supposed to be in delicate health, and in whose lives the assurers had no insurable interest, the Government will make a searching inquiry into these cases, and take steps to have the offenders brought to justice?


I must again deprecate being called upon to answer Questions relating to individuals whose names have been mentioned in the course of the proceedings to which the Question relates. In answer to a former Question I have already stated that the Attorney General for Ireland has assumed the conduct of the prosecution on behalf of the Crown; that a searching investigation is being made into the entire matter; and that no effort will be spared to bring all guilty persons to justice.