§ DR. TANNER
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether it is known to the Bench that the legal business of Mr. John Sykes, solicitor, the clerk to the Huddersfield County Board of Magistrates, is carried on under the name of John Sykes and Son; and whether it is a regular practice for the junior partner 137 of the firm in question to appear before! the Magistrates as an advocate?
§ MR. MATTHEWS
I have not yet received a reply from the Magistrates; but from the information which I have obtained I believe the answer to both paragraphs to be in the affirmative. The Clerk to the Justices informs me that his son was admitted a solicitor in 1872, on the express condition that the partnership was not to include anything in connection with the Magistrates' Clerk's Department of the Office, which has always been carried on separate and distinct from the General Solicitors' Business of the Office. I am assured that the son has in no way interfered with the business of the Magistrates Clerk's Department, and has received no portion of the salary appertaining thereto.