HC Deb 15 November 1888 vol 330 c1225
MR. HOZIER (Lanarkshire, S.)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether it is the practice to in trust prosecutions, in the case of assaults on, or interference with, the police when in the exercise of their duty, to the counsel for the Treasury; and, if not, whether he can state for what reason?


When a constable has been assaulted or interfered with, so as to render a prosecution necessary, a prosecution is instituted on behalf of the Commissioners. Ordinary cases are placed in the hands of a firm usually representing the police; cases of importance only are sent to the Treasury Solicitor. It is unadvisable that the Treasury Solicitor should intervene on behalf of the Government in trifling cases.