HC Deb 08 May 1924 vol 173 cc609-10

asked the Home Secretary if he is aware that since the unlawful dissection of the body of J. M. Ashton, at Cleator Moor, and the removal of the deceased man's brains without the widow's knowledge or consent, an application has been made by the legal representatives of the insurance company for a further examination, and, as the widow has withheld her consent, the insurance company now refuse to undertake the cost of giving Christian burial to the part of the man's body unlawfully abstracted; and will he submit the matter for the consideration of the Public Prosecutor with the object of proceedings being taken against those concerned?


As this case contains some element of doubt as to the legal position, I propose to send the information in my possession to the Director of Public Prosecutions for his consideration