HC Deb 04 November 1909 vol 12 cc1981-2

asked the Undersecretary of State for India whether, in view of the reflections made upon the police by the High Court of Calcutta which led to the inquiry recently held by Mr. Commissioner Macpherson, he will state what instructions were given to the Commissioner; whether he was directed to hold the inquiry in public and to submit the witnesses to cross-examination; and whether the three principal police officers most seriously implicated have been given long leave of absence?


The Memorandum of Instructions given to Mr. Macpherson is too long a document to read in reply to a question, but I shall be glad to supply the hon. Member with a copy; no instructions were given on the points mentioned in the second question, which were left to be dealt with by Mr. Macpherson at his discretion. The Secretary of State has no information as to the subject of the last question.

Mr. J. D. REES

Will the hon. Member say whether executive inquiries are ever governed by rules of judicial procedure?