§ MR. CUNINGHAME GRAHAM (Lanark, N.W.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that in the case of the prosecution by the Treasury of W. G. Pearson (a dock labourer), arising out of the World's End, Chelsea, meetings, an application to transfer the trial to the Court of 857 Queen's Bench was granted, subject to Pearson entering into recognizances for £300, and finding sureties for costs of £150 each; and whether any means exist whereby this trial, involving the question of right of public meeting, may be taken to the Court of Queen's Bench without insisting upon security for £600, which in the case of a dock labourer is necessarily prohibitive?
§ MR. MATTHEWS
I have no power to vary the Order of the Court on a matter wholly within their jurisdiction. It is open for any of those who consider that important questions are involved in the trial of the case to give the required security for costs to the amount of £300.