HC Deb 02 June 1938 vol 336 cc2213-4
23. Mr. Watkins

asked the Home Secretary the number of cases during 1937 in which police proceedings were taken and convictions secured of motorists who had been previously exonerated from blame at coroners' inquests; and whether he will issue an instruction, in accordance with the Departmental Committee's report, that coroners' inquiries should be limited to ascertaining the cause of death and not deal with questions of civil or criminal liability?

Sir S. Hoare

I regret that the information asked for in the first part of the question is not available. As regards the second part, legislation would be required to give effect to the recommendations of the Departmental Committee and I have no power to issue any instructions in the matter.