Earl of RONALDSHAY
asked the Home Secretary if the police were recently advised by the master of the Barnet Union of the kidnapping of a child called Susan Smith, aged nine years, by a man and woman of ill-repute; and if so, what steps have been taken by the police in the matter, and with what results?
§ Mr. GLADSTONE
It was reported to the police on 21st December last that the child in question, when returning from school to the workhouse, had been taken away by her reputed father, who was accompanied by a woman, not the child's mother, both persons being of bad character. The police made every effort to trace these persons, but were unsuccessful.