HC Deb 09 April 1891 vol 352 c126
MR. BYRON REED (Bradford, E.)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been drawn to the case of two publicans, called John William Rock and James Stone, who were convicted and fined at the Chesham (Bucks) Petty Sessions, on Wednesday, 4th March, for permitting gaming; whether he is aware that the principal evidence against them was given by a police constable called Gascoyne, who visited the house in disguise, and made no attempt to caution the landlords or to prevent the law being broken; whether the defendants had been previously convicted; whether he is aware that Superintendent Sar-geant, one of the witnesses, said that, the Chief Constable of the County, Captain Drake, had instructed the police to. act as they did; and whether such action is sanctioned by the Home-Department; and, if not, whether the-Department will take any steps to prevent a recurrence of it?