HC Deb 24 October 1961 vol 646 cc39-40W
40. Mr. Malcolm MacPherson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what sentence was recently passed on the Rev. Albert Goodheir, minister of Tay Vallich, Argyll; and under the provisions of what statute or rule of common law he was sentenced.

Mr. Maclay

The Rev. Albert Good-heir was, on 18th September, at Dunoon Sheriff Court, fined £15, to be paid within 14 days, with an alternative sentence of 60 days imprisonment in default of payment of the fine. The sheriff summary court's powers of sentence for common law offences are laid down in Section 7 of the Summary Jurisdiction (Scotland) Act, 1954. Sections 48 and 49 of that Act deal with the power to order imprisonment in default of payment of a fine and the period of imprisonment which may be imposed.