§ Sir R. GOWER
asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the recent conviction by the Kingston County Magistrates of Arthur George Richardson, for causing unnecessary suffering to a dog by starving it; and whether, having regard to the circumstances that a fine of £3 only was imposed, he will consider the advisability of increasing the minimum penalty for such cases?
§ Sir W. JOYNSON-HICKS
I have seen Press reports of the case. I could not propose legislation fixing a minimum penalty and depriving Courts of their present discretion.