HC Deb 09 July 1883 vol 281 cc792-3

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, If it be the fact that they have given, or are about to give instructions for the confiscation of the furniture of two widows at Port Glasgow, on the ground of forfeiture to the Crown, their husbands having been executed; and, if he is aware that these widows are in extremely destitute circumstances, having the one three and the other five children to support; and, if, under these circumstances, he will give instructions to the Edinburgh authorities not to proceed further in the matter?


Sir, instructions have been sent by telegraph to suspend all proceedings for realizing the goods forfeited to the Crown on the conviction of the two Port Glasgow murderers until full inquiry shall have been made and a Report sent to the Treasury.