§ Mr. Parker
asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the case of Mr. A. E. Browne, 33, Harrow Road, Gidea Park, Romford, who was imprisoned when convicted by the Stratford Police Court of an offence against the Dentists Act, 1921; and, as he was not allowed the time to pay the fine applicable to the offence although he wished to find the necessary money, will he consider remitting the sentence?
§ Sir S. Hoare
The hon. Member has been good enough to send to me particulars of this case. I have caused inquiries to be made and am informed that the defendant pleaded guilty and had been twice previously convicted of similar offences. The justices took a very serious view of the case and, in the exercise of their discretion, refused to allow time for the payment of the fine. I regret that, having reviewed all the circumstances of the case, I can find no grounds which would justify me in advising any interference.