HC Deb 29 April 1907 vol 173 c506
MR. LEHMANN (Leicestershire, Market Harborough)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to the case of John Baines, a dealer, who, on Wednesday, 24th April, at the Central CriminalCourt, was sentenced to twelve month's hard labour for the theft of a metal inkpot from the Parliament Street Post Office; whether there were any previous convictions proved against the prisoner; and if not, whether he will take the matter into consideration with a view to satisfying himself that the sentence was not unduly severe.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Gladstone.) My attention has not previously been called to the sentence passed upon this man. His record shows previous convictions of a serious character, but I will ascertain by inquiry whether these convictions were proved in court.