§ MR. MORTON (Peterborough)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether it is true that warrants have been issued against two Members of this House for criminal offences; and whether it is also true that both Members have left this country, and are now out of the jurisdiction of our Law Courts?
§ MR. MATTHEWS
The answer to the first paragraph is in the affirmative. So far as my information goes, both Members are now out of the jurisdiction. I am permitted to read a telegram addressed by the hon. Member for North Bucks (Captain Verney) from Paris to Mr. Speaker in these terms—Seeing a question is to be asked about me in the House, it is my duty to inform you that as soon as I heard in Italy that a warrant had been issued for my arrest, I started at once and expect to reach London to-morrow.—VERNEY.
§ MR. MORTON
Arising out of the answer of the right hon. Gentleman, may I ask whether, if an application is made for the Chiltern Hundreds by 679 either of the two hon. Members, the Government will undertake not to grant it?