HC Deb 06 May 1931 vol 252 c404W

asked the Attorney-General whether he proposes to take any steps to limit the opportunities for Press reports of the preliminary stages of criminal proceedings in serious cases?


The matter is one for the Courts whose attention, no doubt, is now being directed to such matters by what has been said in another place and by questions asked in this House. Examining justices have power to hear evidence wholly or partlyin camera and, if they have cause to consider whether certain evidence is properly admissible, they may, if they think fit, clear the court while that matter is being considered and during the taking of any evidence which has been objected to as inadmissible, but which they have nevertheless decided to admit.