HC Deb 28 October 1912 vol 43 cc35-6
74. Sir J. D. REES

asked the Home Secretary whether there is any precedent in his Department for advising magistrates in what manner and to what extent they should punish offenders, as he has done in his recent circular regarding offences under the Motor Car Acts?


There are numerous precedents. It has always been regarded as one of the duties of the Home Secretary to give general advice and guidance to magistrates in the administration of the law.

Sir J. D. REES

Does the right hon. Gentleman consider this wholesale interference with judicial officials justifiable?


Oh, yes.

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