§ MR. HUGH LAW (Donegal, W.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he can say why certain of the woman-suffragists, tried on Thursday the 14th instant by Mr. Curtis Bennett, were placed in the first, and certain others in the second, division, in view of the fact that all were convicted of similar offences.
§ MR. GLADSTONE
I have communicated with the magistrate and he tells me that he carefully considered each case on its merits before exercising the discretion given him by the law, to decide whether the prisoner should be in the first, second or third division. None of those placed in the second division will be liable to more than one week's imprisonment in default of paying their fines.