Wednesday, 21 November 1888.
HOUSE OF COMMONS.
TUESDAY, November 20.
MR. MATTHEWS AND SIR C. WARREN.
In answer to questions from Mr. GRAHAM and Mr. PICKERSGILL,
Mr. MATTHEWS said, - I presume that Sir C. Warren's published letter refers to the voluminous correspondence on departmental matters between the Home Office and Scotland Yard. It is unusual to lay a correspondence of this kind upon the table of the House; and part of it is altogether confidential. I will, however, state generally that I know of no occasion on which I have given to Sir C. Warren directions apparently or really contrary to the statute. But if the hon. members will put upon the paper a question addressed to any specific subject on which they suggest I have done so, I will inform them, as fully as public duty permits, what directions I did give, and they will be able to form their own judgement.
Mr. GRAHAM asked in what manner members were to obtain information of what was known only to the Home Secretary and Sir Charles Warren.
Mr. CONYBEARE asked whether, considering the circumstances of the case were altogether unusual, and that the question involved the relations that had existed for some time between the Chief Commissioner and the Home Office, it was not necessary that the House should have the whole correspondence.
Mr. MATTHEWS said he did not think it was necessary that the whole correspondence should be laid before the House; but he would state fully what had occurred upon any matter that might be suggested.