§ MR. TULLY (Leitrim, S.)
On behalf of the hon. Member for South Down, I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he can state if any resident magistrates who have adjudicated in cases under the Criminal Law and Procedure (Ireland) Act have had any interview with any Dublin Castle official or officials during the past three months, or have been in. written communication with any such official or officials; and whether he has any objection to stating the nature of such interviews or communications.
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY FOR IRELAND (Mr. WYNDHAM, Dover)
I have no doubt that communications dealing with claims for travelling expenses and so forth have passed between persons holding official positions in Dublin Castle and resident magistrates engaged in the hearing of cases under the Act mentioned during the past three months; but such communications had noreference to the discharge by these magistrates of their judicial duties. On this subject I would refer the hon. Member to my reply to the Question addressed to me on Monday last by my hon. friend the Member for North Fermanagh. †
(No answer was returned.)† See page 818.