§ MR. W. J. CORBET
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If he has any objection to give, in the form of a numerical Return, the number of Lord Lieutenants of Counties, Deputy Lieutenants, County Court Judges, Unpaid Magistrates, Paid Magistrates, Clerks of the Crown, and Clerks of the Peace, in Ireland, by Counties, showing the number of Protestants of all Denominations, and the number of Roman Catholics respectively, for each County?
§ MR. W. E. FORSTER
The information asked for as to the number of officials of various ranks is already to be found in official and other documents. I have no means, as Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant, of ascertaining what may be the religion of the various individuals. I can state that, as far as this Government is concerned—and I have no reason to believe that any different practice was pursued by former Governments—questions of religion form no element in such appointments.
asked whether the information as to religion could not be obtained from the Census Returns?