Mr. CLOUGHW.R., Skipton) (Yorkshire,
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passive resisters were summoned for the non-payment of a sectarian rate; how many of them suffered distraint; and how many of them suffered imprisonment for conscience sake during 1904, 1905, 1906, and the first four months of 1907.
(Answered by Mr. Secretary Gladstone.) I fear it is impossible to give the information my hon. friend asks for. As I said in answer to a Question on 8th May, there is no legal distinction between a passive resister and an ordinary rate defaulter.