Tuesday, 27 November 1888.
HOUSE OF COMMONS.
MONDAY, November 26.
THE POLICE GAZETTE.
Mr. GRAHAM asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he was aware that the official organ of the Criminal Investigation Department (the Police Gazette) appeared to be sometimes used as a means of depriving the relations of those who had been convicted of offences of employment by referring to them by name; and whether he would order that practice to be discontinued.
Mr. MATTHEWS. - I have made inquiry, and the Commissioner of Police informs me that he is not aware that such use is ever made of the Police Gazette as the question assumes. Were any instance of its being used in such a manner brought to his notice he would order a strict investigation. The Gazette is a confidential document, intended for circulation exclusively among the police, and its purpose is not to give information concerning convicted offenders or their relations, but to furnish such information respecting fugitives from justice as will lead to their apprehension.
Mr. GRAHAM asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department why the police rules of Wednesday night were signed by Sir Charles Warren, seeing that he was no longer Commissioner.
Mr. MATTHEWS. - Although Sir Charles Warren has sent in his resignation of the office of Commissioner of Police he has not yet been relieved from the responsibility of the office, and, therefore, properly continues to discharge its functions. No successor has yet been appointed.