HC Deb 24 August 1909 vol 9 cc1930-1
Mr. JAMES PARKER (for Mr. George Roberts)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he will now state if he can see his way to mitigate the sentence of six weeks' hard labour imposed by the Cardiff stipendiary on a car conductor for stealing a penny fare.

The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. Gladstone)

After careful consideration of all the circumstances of the case, I have felt myself justified, in view of the prisoner's previous good character and of the absence of evidence to show that the offence of which he was convicted was part of a series of systematic frauds, in advising His Majesty, purely as an act of clemency, to remit three weeks of the sentence.