HC Deb 15 May 1918 vol 106 c369
Mr. ADAMSON (by Private Notice)

asked the Secretary for Scotland whether his attention has been drawn to the resignation of the magistrates for the burgh of Leslie; whether he is aware that the resignations were tendered as a protest against those responsible for the maintenance of peace within the burgh being ignored in connection with the arrest and trial of ten citizens of Leslie charged with intimidation; whether he is also aware that in the Sheriffs' Court the charge of intimidation was withdrawn and the cases tried on a technical plea of breach of the peace; that the Town Council of Leslie have passed a resolution approving the action of the magistrates in resigning and refusing to make any appointments to the magistracy; and what action he proposes to take?


I am aware generally of the incidents referred to by my hon. Friend. While I regret the action of the magistrates in resigning office, I am quite unable to appreciate the purpose or relevance of this step. It is not justified by any facts or circumstances of which I am aware, and I hope that it will be reconsidered. At present I do not contemplate taking any action in the matter.