HC Deb 01 July 1913 vol 54 c1677

asked the Prime Minister if his attention has been called to recent cases in which defendants have been permitted, at the discretion of the magistrate, to conceal their real names and addresses; and if he will introduce legisation to either confer this privilege upon all defendants, irrespective of their social position, or else to withdraw it?


The Prime Minister has asked me to reply to this question. I would refer to the answer which I gave to the Noble Lord on the 19th of last month. The matter is a proper one for the exercise of the magistrate's discretion, and I know of no reason for proposing legislation on the subject.