HC Deb 22 November 1888 vol 330 cc1835-6
MR. CONYBEARE (Cornwall, Camborne)

asked Mr. Attorney General, Whether his attention has been called to the account in The East Anglian Daily Times of the conduct on the Bench at Needham Market, Suffolk, of two magistrates—namely, the Rev. F. Steward, Rector of Barking, and a Colonel Haines; and, whether he will bring the matter to the notice of the Lord Chancellor?


In reply to the hon. Member, I have been furnished with a copy of the paper to which I believe his Question refers. With regard to the first case therein—namely, the report of the proceedings against the Rev. Samuel Maude—while in my opinion, some of the observations of the magistrates, if correctly reported, are fairly open to criticism, there is not, in my judgment, sufficient cause to justify me in taking any action in the matter. With regard to the second case—namely, the proceedings against the Salvation Army—I am informed that the report is not correct, and that the Rev. F. Steward and Colonel Haines were not sitting upon the Bench when the instructions were given to prosecute, but that proceedings were taken by the Inspector in consequence of the numerous complaints by respectable inhabitants of the obstructions caused.