HC Deb 18 February 1947 vol 433 cc162-3W
112. Mr. Sparks

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware that four railwaymen sleeping in railway carriages at Old Oak Common, G.W.R. because they could get no other accommodation, were fined £20 and £3 3s. costs, with an alternative of two months' imprisonment, by the Acton magistrates, on 8th and 22nd January, 1947, for failing to surrender their ration books to the local industrial canteen; and, in view of all the circumstances of this case, if he will remit these fines.

Mr. Oliver

My right hon. Friend has had inquiries made in this case but he regrets that no ground has been disclosed on which he would feel justified in recommending any interference with the penalties which the court thought fit to impose.