HC Deb 16 July 1875 vol 225 c1577

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, If he will lay upon the Table of the House, the names, professions, or trades or callings of the magistrates, and each of them who presided at petty sessions at Spalding, Lincolnshire, when the girl Sarah Chandler was prosecuted for plucking a flower from a geranium, and sentenced by those magistrates to a punishment of fourteen days imprisonment and four years in a reformatory?


Sir, I do not see that anything would be gained by formally laying the names upon the Table of the House. The names appeared in the public Press at the time of the prosecution, and there is no reason to suppose that they were wrong names. They were—Mr. Moore and Mr. Dove, clergymen, and Dr. Ball, who is, I believe, a medical man. I repeat that I do not see of what use it could be formally to place the names on the Table.