§ MR. COBB (Warwick, S.E., Rugby)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to the report in the Standard of yesterday of the proceedings at the Croydon Petty Sessions on Saturday last, from which it appears that Colonel John Harrison, a Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Stafford, was charged and convicted of an assault upon a gentleman named Mills, living at Streatham Common, and that Colonel Harrison conducted himself in such a manner in the Court, and used such language that the Chairman of the Bench felt obliged to rebuke him several times; and whether he will draw the attention of the Lord Chancellor to the conduct of Colonel Harrison?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. MATTHEWS, Birmingham,E.)
I have seen yesterday's Standard, from which I gather that the gentleman named seemed to have lost his temper, and used strong language in Court. The same sources of information 709 are open to the Lord Chancellor as to me, and I do not feel called upon to, direct his Lordship's attention to the matter.