HC Deb 30 May 1843 vol 69 c1096
Sir D. Roche

said, that having seen a declaration in the morning papers, made by the right hon. Baronet opposite (Sir James Graham), relative to the removal of several of the Irish magistrates, from the commission of the peace in that country, he felt it to be his duty to inform the right hon. Baronet the Secretary of Slate for the Home Department, that he (Sir D. Roche) had attended a dinner at which the question of the repeal was discussed; and having done so, he thought it was quite right that it should be known that he did not wish to remain in the commission of the peace a moment longer than was consistent with his personal dignity and freedom of opinion upon political topics, such as that in question.

Sir J. Graham

said, he should adhere to the declaration which he had made yesterday. That declaration was, that a discretion was vested in the Lord Chancellor, and he felt quite sure that learned person would exercise a wise discretion in the consideration of those cases which were brought under his cognisance; that learned and eminent functionary was responsible for whatever he did in this respect, and he (Sir J. Graham) had not the slightest doubt but that he would be found to have been fully justified in those cases wherein his authority had been exercised.