§ MR. C. H. WILSON (Hull, W.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has given his sanction to the execution of Mary Ansell on the 19th July; and will he state how many men and how many women have been executed in the years 1896, 1897, 1898; and in how many instances have memorials for mercy been refused.
§ * THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir M. WHITE RIDLEY,) Lancashire, Blackpool
As to the first paragraph, I must decline to answer any question in the House as 700 to the advice which it will be my duty to tender to Her Majesty. Thirty-five men and one woman were executed in the period referred to. In the great majority of these cases applications in some form for mercy were made.