§ DR. TANNER (Cork Co., Mid)
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, If it is true that a greengrocer was recently fined at Liverpool for selling a hare without a licence; that the hare had been sent to him as a Christmas present, for his Christmas dinner; and that a detective, who in vain tried to persuade him to sell, succeeded, by sending a confederate disguised as a poor working man who wanted to buy a hare cheap for his sick wife; and, whether he will recommend that the fine be remitted?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. MATTHEWS) (Birmingham, E.)
, in reply, said, he was informed that there had been no allegation that the hare was sent to the man as a Christmas present. The greengrocer had been cautioned not to sell it under any pretext. Any recommendation from the magistrates who heard the case, either for a mitigation or remission of the fine, would be favourably considered.