HC Deb 16 June 1884 vol 289 cc390-1

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland has received memorials from the Petty Sessions districts of Strabane, Donemana, Castlederg, and Newtonstewart, county Tyrone, signed by twenty magistrates; if His Excellency has received memorials from the Town Commissioners of Strabane, and from 150 jurors of the Strabane district, praying that, as heretofore, the Quarter Sessions at Strabane may transact criminal as well as civil business; and, if he will state the reasons why the request of the memorialists has not been granted?


The memorials alluded to in the Question were received; and, according to the usual practice, were referred to a Committee of the Privy Council. The Committee found that a similar application had been before the Council in 1881, and was then refused; and, no new facts having been stated, they, after careful consideration, reported that there did not appear to be any sufficient reasons to alter the decision already arrived at. If the hon. Member, and those in whose behalf he asks this Question, desire that the matter should be reopened, I would suggest that a further memorial should be presented, setting forth as fully as possible the inconveniences stated to be caused by the present arrangements; and I am informed that the matter can then be reconsidered by the Privy Council.