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


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attempted suicide, after a charge against her of murder made because she had agreed to die with another person had been withdrawn, he has received a petition for the remission of the remainder of the sentence signed by a large number of influential men and women and many eminent authors;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.


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case of attempted suicide; and did this sentence take into account the charge of attempted murder, which was, in fact, withdrawn?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?