§ MR RENDALL (Gloucestershire, Thornbury)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has, as promised, communicated with Mr. Wallace, K. C. the Chairman of the London County Sessions, with regard to the latter's expression of opinion that the Poor Prisoners' Defence Act was rendered practically inoperative because legal aid could not be granted unless a prisoner disclosed a defence before the committing magistrate; and what reply the Chairman has given to his communication.
§ MR. GLADSTONE
I have consulted Mr. Wallace, and have received from him a suggestion for the Amendment of the Rules under the Act. I will bring his proposal to the notice of the Attorney-General by whom the Rules are made.