§ MR. M'CARTAN (Down, S.)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether he can state the number of the counties in Ireland, "being in a state of disturbance," in which Resident Magistrates appointed under the 6&7 Vict. c. 13, s. 31, are now doing duty; the names of the counties for which Resident Magistrates have been appointed "owing to the absence or non-residence of a magistrate in the county;" and the number of counties in which Resident Magistrates are now residing "for any other sufficient cause;" and, whether he will mention what these "sufficient causes" are?
§ THE PARLIAMENTARY UNDER SECRETARY (Colonel KING-HARMAN) (Kent, Isle of Thanet)
(who replied) said: I can only say that, as Resident Magistrates at present serving in Ireland have been appointed by successive Goments since 1857, it would be extremely difficult to prepare the Return; and, as the Return would prove of no great practical utility, the Government will not undertake to give it.