HC Deb 31 July 1876 vol 231 c115

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether he has received a Petition from Hanley Potteries, signed by Clergymen and Ministers of all religious denominations, and the inhabitants generally, praying for the remission of a sentence passed on three boys named Lewis, Platt, and Lancaster, two of them being nine years old and the other ten, by which they are to be detained in an Industrial School until they are sixteen years old; and, if so, whether he intends to take any steps in the matter so as to alter or amend the sentence?


, in reply, said, he had only that day received an explanation from the magistrates, and there seemed to be a difference of opinion on the subject. A second application had been made, and he would not be in a position to come to a final conclusion for two or three days.