HC Deb 13 March 1907 vol 171 cc42-3
MR. WARDLE (Stockport)

I beg to ask the Lord Advocate whether his attention has been called to the sentence of five months imprisonment passed on Driver Gourlay at Edinburgh yesterday in connection with the Arbroath disaster; and whether, in view of the absence of unanimity among the jury, of their recommendation of leniency, the extenuating circumstances under which the accident took place, and the advanced age of Gourlay, he will consider the advisability of revising or remitting the sentence.


said he had received last evening a telegram on the subject of this trial. Substantially the hon. Member's Question accurately narrated the conviction and the recommendation of the jury. It was not within his province to deal with the revision or remittance of the sentence, but he had mentioned the matter to his right hon. friend the Secretary for Scotland, to whom, perhaps, the hon. Member would put a specific Question on the point.