§ MR. PICKERSGILL (Bethnal Green)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been drawn to the report of the trial, at Winchester Assizes, on Thursday last, of a young woman, who, after having been in gaol two months on a charge of concealment of birth, was acquitted, and "the jury considered 1496 that it was hard treatment of the girl to have committed her; the Judge agreed, and said the girl should have been allowed out on her own recognizances;" and, whether he will communicate with the committing magistrates with reference to their conduct in the case?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. MATTHEWS,) Birmingham, E.
I am informed by the Clerk of Assize that the facts are as stated. I have called the attention of the committing magistrates to the opinion expressed by the jury and endorsed by the learned Judge.