HC Deb 16 November 1882 vol 274 c1548

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, How it is the Report of the Irish Land Commission has been reviewed in the newspapers, but no copies have been delivered to Members?


in reply, said, the Report of the Land Commissioners was presented by command on the 9th instant, and a copy was available for any hon. Member who wished to refer to it. It was possible that the Report could have got into the newspapers through the intervention of hon. Members; but he saw a correspondence in the Irish papers—or, at all events, he saw a letter from the Secretary to the Irish Land Commission—by which it would appear that possibly it might have been by their means it was made public. He (Mr. Trevelyan) did not pass any criticism upon their action in such a case; but he was bound to say that since he had been in the Irish Office, or during the time he had been in the Admiralty, he never communicated a Paper of any sort, or the substance of any Paper to the Press. The Stationery Department was alone responsible for the delay in delivering copies to Members, and he would make representations to the Department after what had occurred.


asked how soon would the copies be delivered?


I will ascertain that.