§ MR. MADEN (Lancashire, Rossendale)
I beg to ask the Secretary State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to the report of an inquest in The Times (7th February) on the body of Richard Kil- 1034 lick, aged 60, who died at Hatch Row, Lambeth, on 31st January, 1893, and whose death was certified by Dr. Freeman, of 203, Blackfriars Road, although he had not seen him for a week previous to his death, but who signed the certificate as having seen him on the 29th January; and seeing there have been several cases of doctors giving illegal certificates lately, whether he will call the Registrar General's attention to this fact, and see that the existing law is carried into effect?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. ASQUITH,) Fife, E.
I find on inquiry that the Coroner has already called the attention of the Registrar General to the circumstances of this case, and he, no doubt, will take any proceedings which may be necessary. Other irregularities appear to have been disclosed in connection with the case, which the Coroner informs me he intends to report to the Director of Public Prosecutions, and my hon. Friend may feel assured that every effort will be made to carry the existing law into effect in this and all other similar cases.