§ MR. LOGAN () Leicester, Harborough
. I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if his attention has been directed to the conduct of Captain Abney, a Justice of the Peace for Leicestershire, at the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Petty Sessions on Saturday last, when that gentleman took his seat upon the bench after other justices had granted applications for certificates under the Vaccination Act, 1898, and re-opened the proceedings for the purpose of interrogating the applicants in a manner not warranted by the Act; and if he proposes to take any action in the matter?
§ MR. COLLINGS
I am informed that when Captain Abney put the questions referred to he was not aware —having just entered the court—that the certificates had already been granted. If he had known this he would not have put them. There appears to be no reason for the Secretary of State to take any action in the matter.