§ MR. LABOUCHERE (Northampton)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether it has been reported to him that Mr. Ernest Howe, who is now undergoing a sentence of penal servitude, has lost, since his incarceration on 29th November, 1889, 66 lbs., and that the state of his health is so serious that it is doubtful whether he can safely suffer further confinement; and whether, under the circumstances, he will consider the advisability of releasing him?
§ MR. MATTHEWS
It is the fact that this prisoner has lost 66 lbs. in weight, but I am informed that his life is not considered to be in danger. I have, however, directed that his health shall be under careful observation and that medical reports shall be made to me from time to time. Upon their tenour it will depend whether I can recommend any remission of the sentence.