§ MR. BELLOC
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will state the absolute increase or decrease in the number of men condemned to penal servitude for the third time at least in 1907 as compared with the similar number for 1887; and also the proportionate increase or decrease compared with the total of sentences to penal servitude in those years.
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. GLADSTONE,) Leeds, W.
I am afraid that the precise figures desired by my hon. friend are not available, and could only be obtained, if at all, by a very long and laborious research; but if he will refer to Table 36 in the Annual Volume of Criminal Statistics he will find a quantity of information with regard to the previous convictions of prisoners.