HC Deb 16 April 1886 vol 304 cc1766-7
MR. BAIRD (Lanark, N.W.)

asked the Lord Advocate, Whether any, and, if so, what steps have been taken to bring to an end the practice of discharging at Barlinnie prisoners convicted in Glasgow and elsewhere; and, whether the practice referred to is in contravention of Section 28 of the Prisons (Scotland) Act of 1877?

THE LORD ADVOCATE (Mr. J. B. BALFOUR) (&c.) Clackmannan,

The matter referred to in the Question is still engaging attention, and communinations are at present passing with the Prison Commissioners and the Local Authorities interested in the matter, with a view to its receiving full consideration before a final decision is come to. Pending these communications, the hon. Member would not probably desire that I should offer a legal opinion as to the legality of the particular course followed under Section 28 of the Act.