§ 10. Mr. MAXTON (for Mr. McGOVERN)
asked the Home Secretary whether an inquest was held on the death of the gunman, Mr. Hill, who was alleged to have shot himself in a wood; if he can state the type of bullet extracted from his body and also the types of revolvers used by Hill and the police officers; and what revolver the bullet came from?
§ Sir J. GILMOUR
An inquest was held on 31st May and was reported in the Press on 1st June. Evidence was given to the effect that Hill when discovered was holding a pistol to his head and fired it before he could be arrested. The bullet passed through his head and was not recovered. I have ascertained that the pistol used by Hill was a.38 Colt auto- 2072 matic; and that the only police officers at the scene who were armed were carrying.45 Service Webley revolvers. The coroner's jury after an inquiry conducted in the manner prescribed by law returned a verdict of felo de se, and I know of no ground for questioning this finding.