HC Deb 07 October 1909 vol 11 cc2182-3

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention had been called to the sentence passed by the Liscard magistrates upon Ernest Leonard Roberts, a railway booking porter, employed by the Wirral Railway Company at £1 per week; and, seeing that he had a wife and six children to maintain, and taking into consideration the temptation caused by poverty, would he take steps to reduce the sentence?

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

I have made inquiry into this case, but in view of all the facts, I regret that I find no ground for advising any reduction of the sentence. The sentence of one month was, in the circumstances, a lenient one.