§ 74. Mr. LOGAN
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if his attention has been called to the case of four Liverpool boys, first offenders, sentenced each to one month's imprisonment, with hard labour, at Formby, Lancashire, on the 6th instant, for stealing; and if he will inquire into the case with a view to the reduction of the sentences?
§ The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. Short)
The attention of my right hon. Friend having been called to this case, he made various inquiries as a result of which he has felt able to recommend the remission of the remainder of the sentences. This action was taken after full consultation with the Justices, who have the difficult task of maintaining public order.
§ Mr. LOGAN
Will my hon. Friend say whether copies of the First Offenders Act have been sent to the Justices of Lancashire?
§ Mr. SHORT
It is the duty of magistrates to make themselves familiar with the Acts which they administer.