288. Scope of public examination.

On a bankrupt's public examination, a bankrupt cannot refuse to answer questions on the ground that the answers may tend to incriminate him, and his answers are admissible as evidence against him in other proceedings1. Before a question can be disallowed, the court must be satisfied that the answer could not secure any further assets or rights to the creditors or any protection to the public2, and accordingly the bankrupt may be compelled to disclose a secret process or formula3, or the source from which articles infringing a patent or trade mark have been bought4.

Where the bankrupt is called