HC Deb 19 March 1886 vol 303 cc1372-3
MR. DE COBAIN (Belfast, E.)

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, If his attention has been called to the Address presented by the representatives of the Methodist Church in Ireland, which comprised over two hundred Ministers, and more than fifty thousand adherents, to His Excellency the Lord Lieutenant, protesting against any legislation in the direction of Home Rule; and, if the Eight honourable Gentleman would direct a Copy of the Address to be laid upon the Table of this House?

MR. W. O'BRIEN (Tyrone, S.)

In connection with this Question, might I ask the right hon. Gentleman, whether he is aware that my hon. Friend the Member for West Clare is one of the 50,000 Methodists who are referred to in the Question?


My right hon. Friend has asked me to answer this Question. As I stated in reply to a similar proposal or suggestion by the hon. Member for South Belfast (Mr. Johnston), I confess I see no use in producing and placing on the Table of the House a document which has been already directly accessible to the public in the newspapers. The other day my right hon. Friend stated his intention to lay before the House various pieces of information laid before him. I think it is very likely that this particular document will find its place amongst these.