HC Deb 23 August 1887 vol 319 cc1535-6

I wish to ask a Question of the First Lord of the Treasury with reference to the Returns relating to Boycotting and Agrarian Outrages in Ireland, to which I was referred last night by the Parliamentary Under Secretary for Ireland as containing the evidence on which the National League was proclaimed as a dangerous Association. I wish to say I have examined these Returns, and I do not find a word in them about the National League; and I wish to ask the right hon. Gentleman, Whether the Government intends to lay before the House evidence which will enable the House to discharge the duty placed upon it by Statute of deciding whether the Proclamation declaring the National League to be dangerous on specified grounds of criminality should be continued or not? Does the right hon. Gentleman intend to give us evidence to enable us to discharge that duty?

THE FIRST LORD (Mr. W. H. SMITH) (Strand, Westminster)

It is not the intention of the Government to lay any additional Papers on the subject before the House.