§ 79. Mr. Driberg
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what reports he considered on the mental history of James Hanratty, hanged on 4th April for murder, before deciding not to recommend the exercise of the royal prerogative of mercy in this case;and if he will publish in HANSARD a summary of these reports.
§ Mr. R. A. Butler
I had before me full particulars of Hanratty's previous medical history, and I also received a report from three experienced doctors whom I appointed to inquire into his mental condition after his conviction and to whom all the relevant material in my possession was made available. I am not prepared to publish a summary and this follows the usual practice. But I can say that, after full consideration, I was satisfied that I should not be justified in recommending the exercise of the royal prerogative on any grounds arising from Hanratty's mental condition.