§ Mr. BOOTH
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if his attention has been drawn to the case of Fred Hayton, now in Wakefield gaol, undergoing a term of three months' imprisonment for theft; and, seeing that a special appeal was made by the superintendent of police for a nominal sentence, will he inquire into the mental condition of the prisoner, with a view to a reduction of the sentence?
§ Mr. McKENNA
I have made inquiry in this case, and regret to find no ground for interference with the sentence. I am unable to confirm the statement that the superintendent of police made any special appeal. The medical officer of the prison reports that the prisoner's mental condition is normal, and he has recovered from the natural depression of spirits caused by his conviction.