§ MR. J. E. ELLIS (Nottingham, Rushcliffe)
asked the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether he will lay upon the Table of the House a copy of the "printed statement" of the grievances of Irish landowners, dealing with their alleged right to compensation for losses owing to legislation, the extent of such losses, the constitution and working of the Land Commission, and other supposed grounds of complaint, which was placed in the hands of the Prime Minister by the deputation headed by the Duke of Abercorn on February 3 last?
§ THE FIRST LORD (Mr. W. H. SMITH) (Strand, Westminster)
I have not seen the statement referred to by the hon. Member; but I am unaware of any precedent for laying such a document on the Table: and if such a demand was granted it would open the door for requests for similar documents handed in by deputations on other subjects. Under these circumstances, I am unable to assent to the production of the statement.