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Volume 229: debated on Thursday 25 May 1876

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Depart- ment, Whether, having regard to the evidence given before the Committee on Foreign Loans, and the numerous miscarriages of justice in criminal cases, it is the intention of Her Majesty's Government to make proposals for the appointment of a Public Prosecutor?

This is a Question which has for a long time engaged the serious attention of Her Majesty's Government, and I am quite prepared on their behalf to submit a scheme for the consideration of this House whenever a proper and convenient opportunity is afforded for its discussion. But I must warn the House that whenever any scheme to be effective for the purpose is brought forward, they must not expect it to be one which will not cost money. Beyond the expenditure incurred on behalf of salaries, the cost of prosecutions will, I have not the slightest doubt, be very enormously increased.