§ MR. SEXTON (Belfast, W.)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, with reference to the recent statement of the Lord Chief Justice of Ireland that the Irish Privy Council is never consulted on the subject of any criminal prosecution, Upon what matter the Irish Privy Council advises the Irish Government, and by whom the Irish Government is advised with respect to the initiation of any special criminal proceedings?
§ THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR IRELAND (Mr. HOLMES) (Dublin University)
(who replied) said: The Irish Government is advised with respect to criminal proceedings by Her Majesty's Law Officers for Ireland. The functions of the Privy Council are confined to advising the Lord Lieutenant on matters as to which they are directed to advise by various Acts of Parliament.