§ MR. HAVELOCK WILSON (Middlesbrough)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if his attention has been called to the disturbance which took place in the City of Bristol on the 22nd December, 1892; and if he will appoint a Commissioner to proceed to Bristol to inquire into all the circumstances of the case?
§ MR. ASQUITH
I am aware, from representations which have been made to me by various bodies in Bristol, that there is widespread desire in that city for some inquiry into what took place on the day in question. But no specific facts, either by way of information or complaint, have been as yet brought to my notice such as would justify me in taking the action which my hon. Friend suggests. I will give careful consideration to any written statement which may be furnished to me by persons acquainted with the facts; but until I have fuller knowledge of the circumstances I cannot decide whether the case is one in which the Home Office ought, in accordance with precedent and policy, to institute an inquiry.