§ SIR THOMAS ESMONDE (Dublin Co., S.)
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, If he will cause inquiries to be made with a view to ascertaining the number of Non-conformists qualified to hold the Commission of the Peace in Flintshire; and, if, in the even to if Non-conformists being found qualified to hold the position, stops will be taken to place them upon the Bench?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. STUART-WORTLEY) (Sheffield, Hallan)
(who replied) said, the appointment of the magistrates rested with the Lord Chancellor, on the recommendation of the Lord Lieutenant of the county. It was no part of the duty of the Home Secretary to make inquiries in respect to the number of persons qualified to hold Commissions of the Peace, nor to suggest the appointment of magistrates from any particular class.
§ MR. T. E. ELLIS (Merionethshire)
asked, whether there was any special Minister in the House who could answer Questions relating to the Welsh Magistracy?
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY (Mr. W. H. SMITH) (Strand, Westminster)
said, if it was considered that a sufficient answer had not been given a Member of the Government would communicate with the Lord Chancellor on the subject.