§ MR. DILLWYN (Swansea, Town)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If he will lay upon the Table of the House any, and what, statistics relating to the cases which have been tried under "The Criminal Law and Procedure (Ireland) Act, 1887;" and, if so, whether he will make the Return continuous?
§ THE PARLIAMENTARY UNDER SECRETARY (Colonel KING-HARMAN) (Kent, Isle of Thanet)
(who replied) said: We purpose to lay upon the Table of the House, almost immediately, the same information as Earl Spencer gave after the Session of 1883. This will contain a Return, by counties, showing the number of persons proceeded against for each class of offences under the Act, together with the results of the proceed- 1480 ings up to the 31st of December, 1887. Had the form in which it has been printed been convenient, this would have been on the Table to-day; but we have had to send it back to Dublin for alterations. These statistics would, in ordinary course, be published annually, and I see no reason for having regular publications at more frequent intervals; but if the hon. Member cares to move for it at the proper time, so as to get a review of the working of the Act during the first six months of this year, there will be no objection to giving it to him.
§ MR. EDWARD HARRINGTON (Kerry, W.)
Will the right hon. and gallant Gentleman say, whether the Return will show the names of the magistrates who tried the cases?