§ MR. W. E. GLADSTONE (Edinburgh, Mid Lothian)
I wish to put a Question to Her Majesty's Government, of which I have not been able to give either public or private Notice, and as the right hon. Gentleman the Chief Secretary for Ireland is not in his place, perhaps I might ask the kind attention of the Attorney General for Ireland. [At this point Mr. A. J. BALFOUR, entered the House from behind the Speaker's Chair.] The Question is simply to this effect. It appears to me that it would be very desirable for the House to be in possession, during the remaining discussion on the Criminal Law Amendment (Ireland) Bill, of the latest information in regard to agrarian outrages in Ireland; and I wish to know whether the Government will be so good as to arrange that, as the month of May will have expired before the House meets again, the agrarian offences reported to the Constabulary in May shall be made known to the House when it meets again.
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY FOR, IRELAND (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR) (Manchester, E.)
Yes; I shall be very happy to lay the information before the House; but 899 I can now give the House the satisfactory information that since the Criminal Law Amendment (Ireland) Bill has been introduced there has been a marked decrease of crime.