§ MR. ALDEN (Middlesex, Tottenham)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that in Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, and other Continental countries, it is the custom for the State to pay expenses of litigation in the case of the poor; and whether, in accordance with the promise given by the Attorney-General last session, any decision whatever has been arrived at as to the possibility of following the Continental precedent in this respect.
§ MR. GLADSTONE
I fear I can add nothing to the Answer given by the Attorney-General to my hon. friend's Question of the 7th November last.†which was to the effect that as then advised he could not hold out any prospect that the Government would take action in the direction suggested.