§ 65. Mr. RADFORD
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether William Allan Macdonald was, on Monday last, arrested by the police, without warrant shown, and sentenced by the justices at Burnham, Bucks, to four weeks' imprisonment for non-payment of poor rate in respect of a house called Conewood, Farnham Royal, Bucks, and forthwith committed to Reading Gaol; whether he is aware that Macdonald is not the owner or tenant of Conewood, or otherwise liable for the rates on the same; and whether he will make inquiry and, if the above facts are established, order his immediate release?
§ Mr. ELLIS GRIFFITH
My right hon. Friend is making inquiry with regard to this case, but in any event he has no power to interfere with a term of imprisonment imposed in default of payment of poor rates.