§ MR. HOWELL(for Mr. SEALE-HAYNE) (Devon, Ashburton)
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, If his attention has been directed to the case of Charles Towill, who was sentenced at the Devon Quarter Sessions, on the 7th of April last, to six months' imprisonment, with hard labour, for stealing a bundle of hay valued at 1s. 6d., and recommended to mercy by the jury on the ground "that there was no real evidence that he stole the hay;" and, whether, under these circumstances, he will take steps to revise or remit the sentence?
§ THE SECRETARY TO THE TREASURY (Mr. HENRY H. FOWLER) (Wolverhampton, E.)
The attention of the Secretary of State was not called to this case until the Question of the hon. Member appeared on the Paper. He is now making careful inquiry into the circumstances, and when this is completed the hon. Member will be informed of the decision arrived at.