§ Mr. W. THORNE
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 2183 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.