§ MR. HAZELL (Leicester)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to the present position of the Pool Law Guardians at Leicester; whether he is aware that they have determined to go to prison rather than obey the mandamus ordering them to appoint a vaccination officer, which is now being obtained by the Local Government Board; whether he is aware that forty-five guardians out of the forty-eight are expecting in consequence to be sent to prison almost immediately; whether there is sufficient suitable accommodation for them as first-class misdemeanants in Leicester Gaol; and, if not, to what prison is it proposed to consign them; and whether, having regard to the peculiar circumstances of the case, and to the fact that six of the proposed prisoners are ladies, he will make such arrangements as are consistent with prison discipline to enable their detention to be as little irksome as possible.
§ * THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir. M. WHITE RIDLEY,) Lancashire, Blackpool
I cannot anticipate that the occasion contemplated will arise, and I can only say that it is, of course, my duty to see that proper accommodation is provided for any offenders who may be committed to prison in duo course of law.