HC Deb 20 March 1923 vol 161 cc2372-3W

asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of the fact that Mrs. Wright and Mrs. Harnden, now under sentence of penal servitude for life for the murder of their children, committed their offences when insane, through distress caused by unemployment, he will recommend their immediate release?


In neither of these cases was there any evidence of insanity and the Home Secretary could not recommend the immediate release of either woman; but he hopes it will be possible to release Mrs. Wright after serving a term of 12 months if her conduct in prison remains good and no unforeseen difficulty arises. Mrs. Harnden's case which presents some more serious features will be reconsidered at a later date.