§ MR. BARTLEY (Islington, N.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to the remarks of Mr. Justice Hawkins in a recent trial in which he states that there is no Criminal Law which will punish a Director who scandalously neglects his duty, though he takes his money; and whether, in the public interest, the Government contemplate legislation to amend the law, as stated by Mr. Justice Hawkins to be necessary?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. ASQUITH,) Fife, E.
Yes; but I agree with my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade, who, in answer to a similar question addressed to him by the hon. Member for Ashton-under-Lyne on Friday last, stated that he did not think that Parliament could be called on to undertake at the present time so comprehensive a revision of the law as would be necessary to deal with this matter. In the meantime, the matter will be considered by the Attorney General.