§ MR. COCHRANE-BAILLIE
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, on account of the large area and population of the parish of St. Pancras, he will consider its claim to be entitled to a separate Police Court and Magistracy?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. MATTHEWS,) Birmingham, E.
The principle suggested by the question, of 883 parochial police courts, would involve an entire redistribution of the present court districts, which have been assigned with a view to the convenience of suitors and the facilities of communication, and would create much confusion without any compensating advantage. I am not prepared to substitute for the present arrangements a system of parochial distribution of Magistrates, although I should always be ready to consider any adjustment of the present district, which would better satisfy the needs of the population.