§ MR. W. HOPE (Somersetshire, N.)
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to the circumstances attending the inquest held on 15th August last on Charles Henry Buck, who was drowned in the Bristol Channel and whose body was removed from his home at Pill to Bristol for the purpose of holding the inquest there; and whether he will take steps to prevent any such occurrence in the future.
(Answered by Mr. Secretary Gladstone.) I find on inquiry that C. H. Buck was drowned in the River Avon, and that that river and its banks are within the limits of the city and county of Bristol. In these circumstances, the course followed in this case appears to be the only one permissible by law, and I have no authority to intervene.