asked the Secretary for Scotland if he has knowledge of three girls, of ages ranging from sixteen to nineteen years, having been sentenced to twenty days' imprisonment or fines for alleged assaults arising out of a strike at Messrs. John Horns, Glasgow; and whether, having regard to the character of the sentences and the youth of the girls, even assuming the charges to have been proven, he will have inquiry made into the whole circumstances of the case, including charges of sweating against the firm, which has work for the insurance committee and the education committee?
I have received a report from the magistrate who tried these cases. The accused were defended by a solicitor, and the fines have been paid. As the charges were for common assault, the circumstances of the strike did not enter into the case. I have no control over the contracts of the insurance committee or of the education committee if, as I assume, it is the local authority which is meant.