Sentence (MRS. Maud Hibbert).

Oral Answers to Questions — Inter-Allied Debts. – in the House of Commons on 12th December 1922.

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Photo of Mr Hastings Lees-Smith Mr Hastings Lees-Smith , Keighley

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asked the Home Secretary if, in the case of Mrs. Maud Hibbert, recently sentenced to nine months' hard labour for attempted suicide, after a charge against her of murder made because she had agreed to die with another person had been withdrawn, he has received a petition for the remission of the remainder of the sentence signed by a large number of influential men and women and many eminent authors; and whether he proposes to take any action in the matter?

Photo of Mr William Bridgeman Mr William Bridgeman , Oswestry

I have received such a petition; but no new facts have been disclosed, and I regret that I can find nothing in the petition which would warrant interference with the decision of the Court.

Mr. SMITH:

Has the right hon. Gentleman any evidence in his Department of similar modern sentences to this sentence of nine months' imprisonment in a case of attempted suicide; and did this sentence take into account the charge of attempted murder, which was, in fact, withdrawn?

Photo of Mr William Bridgeman Mr William Bridgeman , Oswestry

I have gone carefully into the question, and have come to the conclusion there is no reason for altering the sentence.

Photo of Mr Thomas Williams Mr Thomas Williams , Don Valley

Will the right hon. Gentleman consider the advisability of introducing a Right to Die Bill, as there is no chance of a Right to Work Bill?