HC Deb 20 May 1890 vol 344 cc1406-7

Has the attention of the right hon. Gentleman been called to the report of "Mitchell v. Regina" in the London Times, 13th of May, and the remarks in the Evening Standard of that day; and whether, in consequence of the decision of the learned Judges, he is prepared to introduce a Bill to conserve to officers the promises conveyed to them in Her Most Gracious Majesty's Royal Warrants, which are signed by the Sovereign?


There is no necessity for introducing any Bill with the object suggested in the last paragraph of the hon. Member's question. The decision of the learned Judges has not deprived officers of any rights or promises conveyed to them by any Royal Warrant. The Courts have held, in accordance with former precedent, that the decision of the Secretary of State, in a case in which It is his duty to interpret the Warrant, cannot be reviewed in a Court of Law.