HC Deb 21 February 1922 vol 150 cc1732-3W

asked the Secretary for Scotland if he has considered the resolutions sent to him on behalf of representa- tive labour organisations in Scotland, calling for the release of or substantial remission of the sentence passed upon John Maclean; and whether, in view of the verdict of the jury, which definitely excluded incitement to violence, it is proposed to take any steps to give effect to those, resolutions?


The reply to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. As regards the second part, the jury found that the words used by the prisoner were calculated to excite popular disaffection, commotion and resistance to lawful authority, but that it was not the panel's intention to incite to violence I had the terms of the jury's finding in view when I reached the conclusion that there was no sufficient reason to justify me in advising any interference with the sentence imposed.

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