§ MR. PICKERSGILL (Bethnal Green, S.W.)
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether he-will lay upon the Table, as Parliamentary Papers, the following documents in connection with the licensing ease of "Sharp v. Wakefield"; the statement of the case, and the judgments delivered in the Court of Appeal.
§ MR. RITCHIE
I have made inquiries and cannot ascertain that there are any precedents for the presentation to Parliament of documents relating to particular cases which have been the subject of consideration in the Law Courts. The ordinary Law Reports-supply ample information as to the decisions of the Judges, and the facts upon which those decisions were based, and I see no reason to supplement those Reports in the manner proposed.
§ MR. PICKERSGILL
Is there not an exact precedent in 1875 when the Protection of Property Bill was before the House, and when the charge to the Grand Jury at the Central Criminal Court by the late Recorder of London, in the well-known Trades Union case of Hibbert, was laid on the Table?
§ MR. RITCHIE
I will inquire into it, but I must say it appears an entirely different thing to give a charge to a Grand Jury and the papers now asked for.
§ MR. H. H. FOWLER (Wolverhampton, E.)
Only a Session or two ago the Under Secretary laid on the Table the Charge of Chief Baron Palles in the case of Mr. Blunt.