HC Deb 27 May 1902 vol 108 c671
MR PARTINGTON (Derbyshire, High Peak)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if his attention has been called to the case of two youths, A. B Ford, aged fifteen, and W. H. Mycock, aged seventeen, who were on 15th May last sentenced to twenty one days hard labour without the option of a fine, at Chapel-en-le-Frith, on the charge of theft; and, whether, in view of the fact that it is a first offence, he can see his way to authorise a reduction of the sentence in question.

(Answer.) My attention had not previously been called to this case. The fact of the offence charged being a first offence would not of itself justify a reduction of the, sentence which the Court thought right to impose; but if any further information reaches me which would appear to render investigation desirable I will at once make inquiry into the case.—(Home Office.)