§ MR. J. P. FARRELL
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to the action of Mr. Alderman Knight in fining an Italian 10s. for selling ice-cream in the street, whilst a Scotchman who was selling fruit in the same vicinity was only fined 1s., the Alderman remarking that the Italian should be mulcted because all Italians were a nuisance; and whether he will cause inquiry to be made into all the circumstances of the case?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. JESSE COLLINGS,) Birmingham, Bordesley
The Secretary of State his made inquiry and finds that the circumstances of the two cases, which are not quite correctly stated in the Question, were so different as in the opinion of the Alderman to justify the difference in treatment. The Secretary of State has no reason to think that the Alderman was wrong in the view he took. The Alderman denies that he used the expression which is attributed to him in the Question.