HC Deb 18 April 1911 vol 24 cc621-2

I desire to ask the Home Secretary a question of which I have given him private notice, namely, whether he has any objection to stating the considerations which influenced him in advising the reprieve of Stinie Morrison, convicted of the crime of murder?


It would not be in accordance with the usual practice which has long received the approval of this House to enter upon a discussion of reasons for the exercise or refusal of the prerogative of mercy in capital cases. I may state, however, that my decision in the case of the convict Morrison was taken after full consultation with the judge who tried the case and with the Lord Chief Justice; and that it does not imply doubt as to the guilt of the prisoner or question the Tightness of the verdict given by the jury and upheld by the Court of Criminal Appeal.