§ MR. WOOD (Down, E.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he can state the number of freeholders and leaseholders in the county of the city of Belfast who are voters in South Antrim; whether he can state the number of them who are dead and the number of them who, although returned on the register as freeholders, hold no lands, having disposed of same twenty to forty years ago.
I beg also to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that the Belfast freeholders and leaseholders who are on the register of voters for South Antrim are also on the voters' list for the county of the city of Belfast, the revising barrister for the said city having decided that since the passing of the Local Government Act, 1898 (by which the city of Belfast was constitued a county), these freeholders and leaseholders are entitled to vote in the said county of the city of Belfast; whether he can state why were these freeholders and leaseholders not then removed from the list of voters for South Antrim; and whether any, and, if so, what steps will be taken to have them removed.
§ MR. WYNDHAM
The number of freeholders and leaseholders in the county of the city of Belfast who are registered as Parliamentary voters in South Antrim is 1,435. The matters referred to in the second part of the Question, and in the next Question also in the name of the same hon. Member, are matters to be investigated and decided upon by the Revising Barrister at the Annual Revision Sessions.