§ Major HURST
asked the Home Secretary whether Gunner Vivian Coryton has now served five months of the sentence of seven years' penal servitude passed on him at Manchester Assizes on the 18th February, 1919; whether he is aware of a strong feeling among discharged soldiers that this man's crime was due solely to an erroneous belief in the existence of what is called the unwritten law; and whether, in these circumstances, he will reconsider his decision not to advise the Crown to exercise its prerogative of clemency in this case?
§ Mr. SHORTT
All the circumstances were fully before the Court of Criminal Appeal which dismissed the appeal. I regret that I am unable to advise any interference in this case.