HC Deb 19 June 1882 vol 270 cc1599-600

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If he can quote any provision of "The Protection of Person and Property (Ireland) Act" under which suspects can be retained in prison without regard to their own guilt or innocence, but on account of the alleged state of the districts in which they were originally arrested?


Sir, a person reasonably suspected of having committed a crime in a proscribed district may be legally arrested and legally detained under the Act until the 30th of September, 1882. In determining whether the period of arrest can be abridged, the main consideration of the Lord Lieutenant is, whether a release will have a prejudicial effect or otherwise on the state of the district, and its actual state must be a most material ingredient in coming to a determination.