§ MR. HOLT
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Return of Licences granted under "The Cruelty to Animals Act, 1876" (39 and 40 Vic. c. 77), for which an Address to the Crown was ordered on the 19th ultimo, Whether he is willing to include in the Return the number of Licences cancelled, the reasons for which they have been cancelled, and the names of the Inspectors employed under the Act; and, whether he still objects to publish the names of the persons licensed? He also wished to ask, Whether a Return will be given in reference to Ireland?
MR. ASSHETON CROSS
, in reply, said, no licences had been cancelled on account of misconduct by their holders. There could be no objection to the Return asked for; but he could not promise the names of the persons to whom licences had been granted, as he thought it was contrary to the understanding the House had on the subject. He had no jurisdiction as far as Ireland was concerned; but he had no doubt that his right hon. Friend the Chief Secretary for Ireland would assent to a Return as far as that country was concerned, if it were moved for.