HC Deb 17 June 1889 vol 337 c12

I beg to ask the Lord Advocate whether his attention has been called to the case of Mr. Kelly, commission agent, Westport, Ireland, who is alleged to have been "shadowed" by Irish detectives during a business visit to Glasgow and Edinburgh extending from 22nd to 31st May; whether it is true, as stated, that these Irish detectives followed Mr. Kelly from Greenock to Glasgow, put up at the same hotel with him, tracked him to the house of a Glasgow merchant, who had invited him to pass the night there, and hovered about offices of merchants with whom he was transacting business; that when, through the interference of one of the merchants, they were confronted with Mr. Kelly, they stated that if he would detail to them his movements in Scotland they would not trouble him so much, and excused themselves by saying that they were just performing the duty assigned to them; and, whether the men referred to were really detectives as they stated; if so, by what warrant or what authority they interfered with Mr. Kelly's movements in Scotland, and especially under what authority known to Scottish law they obtruded the fact of their presence and alleged business on the merchant with whom Mr. Kelly was transacting business, in a manner calculated injuriously to affect his credit?


I will ask the hon. Gentleman to put the question tomorrow.