HC Deb 22 June 1925 vol 185 cc1080-1
72. Mr. OLIVER

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the practice of the police in initiating proceedings in courts of summary jurisdiction at the relation of the private individuals whose interests are involved; and whether he will consider, in connection with the Criminal Justice Bill, the advisability of limiting the powers of police officers in this regard to cases of official prosecutions?


I am not aware of any sufficient grounds for initiating legislation in the sense indicated.


Will the hon. Member accept representations to show that information have been laid by police superintendents on information from interested parties, that on occasions the prosecution is ultimately found to be one of a nature which would give rise to an action for malicious prosecution, but that by reason of the information having been preferred in the name of the police the party charged with the offence is barred from his remedy against the real prosecutor?


I shall be glad to receive representations on the subject.

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