§ MR. DALZIEL () Kirkcaldy Burghs
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will lay upon the Table of the House the communications which passed between his Department and His Majesty's Judges in reference to the treatment of habitual criminals.
§ *MR. AKERS-DOUGLAS
The communications which passed between the Home Office and His Majesty's Judges-in this matter were confidential, and I do not think that it would be desirable to lay them on the Table of the Rouse. The quotation given by my hon. friend the Under-Secretary was not from the Judges' report, but from a private not from the Lord Chief Justice discussing certain points in the drafting of the Bill-There is, therefore, no obligation to lay it on the Table, but I may say that the passage quoted is a postscript to the letter and is complete as quoted.