§ MR. R. A. YERBURGH (Chester)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury, whether the attention of the Government has been drawn to the recent exposures of the exactions of usurers in this country; and, whether in the interests of the poorer classes of the community, who furnish usurers with the greater number of their victims, and in view of the fact that the system of usury which now prevails has never been the subject of public investigation, the Government will appoint a Royal Commission to inquire into the whole subject?
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR,) Manchester, E.
Communications such as those described in the first part of the Question have been made to me. I do not think this is a question which would be very fitting for investigation by a Royal Commission, but I believe it probable an investigation by a Committee of this House might be useful, and I would advise my hon. Friend to move for such a Committee.