HC Deb 05 March 1886 vol 303 cc8-9

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, If he has seen the report in The South Wales Daily News of the case of a poor woman, seventy years of age, who has been imprisoned in Cardiff Gaol for contempt of court since last April; whether the case has been reported to the Home Office; and, whether he will cause full inquiries to be made into the circumstances of the case as to her ability to obey the order of the court?


The hon. Member may not be aware that the Home Secretary has only a limited jurisdiction over County Court cases. This case has not been officially reported to me, and all I can do is to call the attention of the County Court Judge to the matter. I have accordingly given instructions that a letter should be written to him asking for his observations on the case.