HC Deb 09 July 1919 vol 117 c1795

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will call for a Report respecting the prosecution of Linda May Taylor, of 4, Handley Street, Wednesbury; and whether he proposes to act on the magistrate's advice?

The MINISTER of LABOUR (Sir Robert Horne)

The facts of this case, which was heard on 20th June, have already been reported to me. The charge against the defendant was that of fraudulently giving a false age for the purpose of obtaining a higher rate of donation than to which she was entitled. In dismissing the case on the ground that she had made a mistake, the chairman of the magistrates is reported to have expressed the opinion that it would be very much better if the Employment Clerk always obtained a birth certificate before paying any money in any doubtful cases. A rule to this effect has been in operation since the beginning of April, but the present case arose before that date.