HC Deb 15 June 1882 vol 270 cc1250-1

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, How many persons are now in custody in Ireland under the Protection of Person and Property (Ireland) Act of last year; how many of these persons are classified by the Government as being under the suspicion of "personal association with crime;" what is the cause of the prolonged delay in setting at liberty the persons not so classified; and how soon their release may be expected; if he will state the number and names of the persons now imprisoned in Ireland under the statute of the 34th of Edward III.; and, whether the Government will undertake to release those persons, and to abandon the use of the statute?


Sir, the number in custody yesterday was 216. The number of such persons who are charged in the warrants as suspected of being implicated in crimes other than intimidation is 125. The cases are being considered and decided upon by the Lord Lieutenant day by day as rapidly as their due consideration will allow. His Excellency must be satisfied that the release can be made without danger to the peace of the district. I have called for the information asked for in the latter part of the Question, but have not yet received it.