§ Mr. THOMAS
asked the Chief Secretary whether he is aware that at Omagh Assizes on the 13th instant an engine-driver named Fullerton was sentenced to four months' imprisonment in consequence of having been held responsible for an accident which occurred at Donemana on the 7th September, 1913; and, having regard to the evidence that was submitted as to the sobriety and good character of Fullerton by independent witnesses, fellow railwaymen, and the officials of the railway company, and also the strong recommendation to mercy by the jury, whether he will take steps to effect the immediate release of this man, who, considering the punishment already received, has suffered considerably for an accident that happened in the execution of a difficult and responsible occupation?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
My attention has been called to this case. The prerogative of mercy is vested in the Lord Lieutenant, to whom any memorial on behalf of the prisoner should be addressed. I have no doubt that any such representation will be carefully considered by His Excellency.