§ SIR ALBERT ROLLIT (Islington, S.)
To ask Mr. Attorney-General whether his attention and that of the Director of Public Prosecutions has been drawn to the observations of Mr. Registrar Brougham in relation to Mr. Hooley; and whether it is intended to institute any proceedings to test the validity of the allegations publicly made against the latter.
(Answered by Sir Robert Finlay.) I am informed that Mr. Hooley's affairs have not been before Mr. Registrar Brougham, but Mr. Brougham, as Official Receiver, made a report in 1899. It was very carefully considered by the Attorney-General and the Director of Public Prosecutions. Every inquiry was made. Proceedings were not taken because it was found impossible to obtain the necessary evidence.