§ MR. ROSS
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether the Irish Crown and Sessional Crown Solicitors have lately been prohibited by the Lord Lieutenant from intervening in prosecutions for breaches of the Game Laws; if so, will any addition be made to their salaries to compensate them for the loss they must sustain in consequence of this prohibition?
MR. J. MORLEY
A circular was recently addressed to Crown and Sessional Crown Solicitors pointing out that, in the opinion of the Irish Government their intervention in prosecutions for breaches of the Game Laws, either at Petty Sessions or Quarter Sessions, was undesirable. This rule does not, as was explained, apply to prosecutions at the instance of the Excise Authorities, or to prosecutions specially directed. The Circular is not, therefore, a new departure, but merely emphasises Rule 25 issued for the guidance of these officers, and also Government Circular of the 19th of September, 1890. I am advised that there are no grounds for the payment of compensation as suggested in the question.