§ MR. ERRINGTON
asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland, Whether a Circular, 1284 dated May 2nd 1879, was addressed from Dublin Castle to the Magistrates at Petty Sessions, giving them directions as to the manner in which their statut-able powers are to be exercised, directions tending to encourage the practice of dealing summarily with offenders out of Petty Sessions; and, whether he will lay upon the Table a Copy of the Circular in question?
§ MR. J. LOWTHER
Sir, the intention of the Circular in question was certainly not to encourage the practice of dealing summarily with offenders out of petty sessions. On reading it, however, I think some paragraphs are liable to misconstruction, and, therefore, I think it better that the Circular should be revised. As to laying a copy of the Circular on the Table, I may say that when the new Circular is issued I shall have no objection to lay both on the Table of the House.