HC Deb 16 May 1887 vol 315 cc66-7
MR. D. SULLIVAN (Westmeath, S.)

(for Sir THOMAS ESMONDE) (Dublin Co., S.) asked the First Lord of the Treasury, If the Lord Chancellor will communicate with the Lord Lieutenant of Flintshire, with a view to ascertaining whether there are any Nonconformists in the county qualified for the magistracy; and, if it be found upon inquiry that there are, whether the Lord Chancellor will cause the necessary steps to be taken to place thorn upon the Bench?

MR. OSBORNE MORGAN (Denbighshire, E.)

asked the right hon. Gentleman, whether he was aware that the Members for the county and borough of Flint, one of whom is a Nonconformist, are qualified to act, and, as a, matter of fact, do act, as magistrates for counties other than the County of Mint, and whether there is any valid reason for their exclusion from the Bench of the county which they represent in Parliament?

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

, in reply, said, he was not aware of the facts which the right hon. and learned Gentleman had stated, as he (Mr. W. H. Smith) was not intimately acquainted with the List of the Magistracy of the United Kingdom. As to the Question of the hon. Baronet, the Lord Chancellor saw no reason to doubt that the Lord Lieutenant of Flintshire had arranged to recommend those Gentlemen whom he considered to be most suited to the Magisterial Bench in each district, having regard to all the circumstances of each case; and he was not aware that any circumstances had arisen which called for his interference.