§ MR. HOWORTH (Salford, S.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, in view of the opportunities for further corruption afforded thereby, he proposes to cancel or alter a prison rule under which a person who is charged with bribing a corporation official, who has been convicted, of embezzling public monies, is allowed to have access to the person so charging him without the intervention of a third person; and, whether, as a matter of fact, the Prison Board have forbidden Mr. Ellis Lever to have further access to the prisoner except in the presence of a third person?
§ MR. MATTHEWS
When Mr. Rhodes and his client, Mr. Lever, saw the prisoner it was in the presence and hearing of a warder, permission having been obtained on the grounds I stated yesterday. The Prison Commissioners have since refused to allow a second interview of any kind, unless a statement made to them by the Town Clerk of Salford can be refuted—namely, that the prisoner could not possibly in any sense be a witness for the defendant, and that a further interview would be greatly opposed to the interests of justice. I am now considering with the Prison Commissioners what general practice shall be adopted in future with regard to visits by solicitors and others.