§ MR. SLOAN
I beg to ask the Postmaster-General if his attention has been called to the case of Robert M'Whirter, tried at the current Belfast Assizes, on July 18th, on a charge of embezzling £5; to the nature of the evidence given on behalf of the Crown by a man previously unaccustomed to the work of the Savings Bank Department; to the charge of the Lord Chief Baron; and to the fact that the jury promptly returned a verdict of not guilty; aid, seeing that M'Whirter has been suspended from duty, and this unproven criminal charge renders it difficult for him to secure work elsewhere, and that his record of seventeen years has been hitherto unblemished, will he take steps to have him reinstated.
I have just received a report of the trial and other papers relating to the case referred to by the hon. Member, and I will give them my most careful consideration. The whole thing will be gone into carefully.