References:  1 QB 209
The ejusdem generis rule is, at best, a very secondary guide to the meaning of a statute. The all-important matter is to consider the purpose of the statute. A statute preventing a civil servant contracting for his employers with a company in which he had an interest, should be interpreted strictly.
This case is cited by:
- Cited – Regina -v-Westminster City Council ex parte A, London Borough of Lambeth ex parte X and similar CA (Bailii,  EWCA Civ 1032, (1997-98) 1 CCL Rep 85, (1998) 30 HLR 10, (1997) 9 Admin LR 504, (1997) 1 CCLR 85)
This was an appeal from orders of certiorari quashing the decisions of three local authorities refusing to provide accommodation for the respondents, four asylum seekers, whose applications for asylum were presently being considered by the Secretary . .
- Cited – Wheatley and Another v The Commissioner of Police of the British Virgin Islands PC (Bailii,  UKPC 24)
(The British Virgin Islands) The defendants appealed against convictions for theft and misconduct. Being civil servants they had entered in to contract with companies in which they had interests. . .