§ 17. Mr. ISAAC FOOT
asked the Home Secretary if his attention has been drawn to the remarks of Mr. Justice Swift at the Liverpool Assizes on Wednesday the 14th instant, when, upon the trial of a man charged with manslaughter who was alleged to have been under the influence of drink and unfit to drive a car, the Judge questioned the right of the police to call in the police surgeon to examine the accused man; and whether he proposes to reconsider the existing regulations governing police procedure in such cases?
§ Sir J. GILMOUR
I have seen Press reports of the remarks attributed to the learned Judge, but until I have ascertained the precise circumstances and have had an opportunity of considering them fully, I cannot say what action, if any, may be called for on my part.
§ Mr. KIRKWO0D
Will the right hon. Gentleman consider the advisability of enforcing a rule that everyone who is going to drive a motor upon the streets of this country should be prohibited from having a smell of drink about them, just as is the case in regard to an engine driver on the railway?
Does the right hon. Gentleman not think that he might have to go so far as to have a temperance 492 test for Judges, if they make such decisions?