§ MR. J. E. ELLIS (Nottingham, Rushcliffe)
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the case mentioned by him on 10th May 1888, as throwing doubt on the applica- 258 Tion of Clause 10 of "The Coal Mines, &c. Act, 1887," has yet been decided; and, does the Home Department now hold that the clause in question is universally and unconditionally operative except as specified in the Act of 1887?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. MATTHEWS,) Birmingham, E.
The Justices have only a few days ago stated and signed the special case, which was entered for hearing on Saturday last. Everything will be done to secure a speedy decision, but until that is given it would not be proper for me to give a reply to the second paragraph of the hon. Member's Question.
§ MR. MATTHEWS
The Justices have been pressed more than once, but only signed the special case on Saturday.
§ MR. BRADLAUGH
In ordinary cases the Justices have yielded to pressure, but it does not appear to have been exercised in this case.