Mr. Smith O'Brien
wished to ask a question of the right hon. Baronet opposite. As the Government had refused to postpone the second reading of this bill, he wished to know whether they would enforce the 1243 production of papers relative to the working of the law in Ireland, and with respect to which a motion had been made by an Irish Peer in the other House three months ago; and a motion to the same effect had been made in that House more than six weeks ago. It was to be wished that the House should have the opportunity of possessing the information to be gained from these papers.
§ Sir James Graham
replied, that he had no power to enforce the production of those papers. In consequence of the motion that had been made, he had directed inquiries into the subject, and found that the Poor-law Commissioners were making every effort for the production of those papers, but the returns were most voluminous, and had not yet been completed. He assured the hon. Gentleman that there had been no intentional delay in any quarter.