HC Deb 27 July 1910 vol 19 cc2107-8

asked whether a sum of money has been offered by Government for information leading to the arrest of Dr. Crippen; what was the last previous occasion on which a similar reward was offered; and whether the same reasons which prevented previous Home Secretaries from authorising rewards in connection with the plot to blow up London Bridge and the White-chapel murders of 1888 apply in the present case?


A reward has been offered for information as to the whereabouts of Dr. Crippen. The last occasion where a reward was offered in similar circumstances was, the Secretary of State believes, in 1889. Where, as in the cases mentioned by the Noble Lord, the offender is unknown, rewards for evidence leading to his conviction may lead to the production of false evidence, and are open to other grave objections. But these objections do not apply where, as in the present case, the person wanted is known and named and all that is required is information as to where he is. There has never been any rule in the Home Office against offering a reward for the discovery of a named offender.