§ MR. MURPHY (Kerry, E.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been called to a letter in the newspapers last month from Mr. C. P. Crane, resident magistrate for the county of Kerry, dealing with the constitution and reform of the police force in Ireland; and, if so, will he say if it is permissible for a paid servant of the Government to engage in public controversy in such matters.
§ MR. WYNDHAM
Resident magistrates are prohibited from addressing communications to the public Press connected with their official duties without obtaining the previous sanction of the Government. Mr. Crane's letter referred to a controversy then being carried on in the newspaper Press in England in reference to the discipline of the English police. It does not, I think, come within the letter of the prohibition.