HC Deb 19 May 1919 vol 116 cc67-8W

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been drawn to a resolution which was adopted at a public meeting held in the Essex Hall on the 18th instant calling attention to the need for an extension of the powers of the Court of Criminal Appeal, for a ready and practical means of appeal from the lower criminal Courts to Quarter Sessions, and for inquiry into cases of unredressed injustices, with a view to discover better safeguards than at present exist against unjust prosecutions; and whether he will take this matter into his consideration?


My right hon. Friend has received a copy of such a resolution from a body called the Police and Public Vigilance Society. Of course any such communication receives careful consideration, but the Home Secretary has no reason to think there is any urgent case for amending the law with regard to the powers of the Court of Criminal Appeal or the law as to appeals from summary convictions.