HC Deb 29 July 1889 vol 338 c1573

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to the case of Mr. J. E. Miers, who has been placed, as an alleged lunatic, under the care of a doctor at Marazion, Cornwall, as a single patient in an unlicensed house; whether he is aware that Mr. Miers has complained of his treatment in this establishment; and, whether he will inquire if the Lunacy Acts have been fully observed in the case, especially the 16 and 17 Vic. c. 96, s. 14?


I am informed by the Commissioners in Lunacy that they are fully acquainted with the case of Mr. J. E. Miers, who was visited by one of them at Marazion on April 30th. The Visiting Commissioner was satisfied that Mr. Miers, whose detention by the medical gentlemen in charge of him is perfectly regular, was insane. Mr. Miers did not, on the occasion of the above visit, complain of his treatment, nor has he complained of it by letter to the Commissioners. Complaints were made by a resident in Marazion with whom Mr. Miers is acquainted of the use of rough language by Mr. Miers's attendant. Mr. Miers had, however, expressed himself to the Visiting Commissioner as satisfied with his attendant. The provisions of the Lunacy Acts have been fully observed in this case.