HC Deb 09 April 1900 vol 81 cc1524-5
SIR CHARLES CAMERON (Glasgow, Bridgeton)

I beg to ask the Lord Advocate, with regard to the case of the absconding bankrupt, Lawrence Henderson, of Leith, whether a reward of £50 was offered for information as to his whereabouts, and whether this reward was offered or advertised by the police or public authorities; whether Mr. James Law, of Edinburgh, having discovered that a passenger who had travelled with him from America under the name of Hume was in fact Lawrence Henderson, called at the head office of the Criminal Department in Edinburgh late on 27th February and gave information that Henderson had gone to Glasgow, and was requested to call back on the following day; whether on doing so Mr. Law was informed that Henderson was expected to give himself up that day, that the charge had been withdrawn, and that the reward was void; and whether any public intimation had been given of the withdrawal of the award; and, if not, whether Mr. Law, having put himself to the trouble of giving the information for which the reward was offered, will be paid it


A reward of £50 was offered by the Procurator Fiscal "for such information as shall result in the arrest of Lawrence Henderson." Mr. Law called at the police office, Edinburgh, about 10.30 p.m. on the 28th—not 27th—February, and made the communication referred to. Mr. Law called again on the following day, when he was informed that the execution of the warrant had meantime been suspended owing to Henderson having undertaken to surrender. Mr Law spoke of the reward, but was told that the police could not express any opinion as to it. No public intimation was given of the withdrawal of the reward, and none was required. The offer was necessarily suspended until it was seen whether Henderson surrendered voluntarily in terms of the undertaking given by him. As the information supplied by Mr. Law did not result, and has not resulted, in Henderson's arrest, he has no claim to the reward.