§ MR. HUNT (Shropshire, Ludlow)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that the only 1536 complaint against Ordinary Seaman Bath during his imprisonment has been that of quarrelling with other prisoners, not necessarily his fault; whether he is aware that Bath has now been in prison for three and a half years for quite unpremeditated crime committed in a sudden fit of passion; and whether he will now consider the advisability of releasing Bath.
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. MCKENNA,) Monmouthshire, N.
The detailed report now received from the Prisons Commissioners, as to the offences committed by Eli Bath in Portland and Parkhurst Prisons, does not bear out the statements made in the hon. Member's Question.
§ MR. McKENNA
There are various offences charged against him; some connected with his quarrelling with his fellow prisoners and others are offences against discipline. I am glad to hear he is wearing a good conduct badge.
§ MR. H. C. LEA (St. Pancras, E.)
Does not the right hon. Gentleman think the time has arrived when this man might be discharged?