§ MR. CLANCY (Dublin Co., N.)
said, he wished to ask the Chief Secretary to 332 the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland a Question which required one word of explanation, which he hoped the right hon. Gentleman would give. The other day he asked the right hon. Gentleman whether there was any evidence in the Miltown Malbay conspiracy cases—any evidence of the conspiracy of which those men were found guilty—namely, a conspiracy to compel certain people not to buy or sell with certain other people. He answered that there was such evidence. He had since read the depositions, and they contained no such evidence whatever; and he wanted to know from the right hon. Gentleman would he produce those depositions to the House?
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR) (Manchester, E.)
, in reply, said, that there was evidence other than that taken in the depositions which were brought forward on appeal; but, in any case, he should adhere to the rule which he had laid down not to produce the depositions.
§ MR. J. E. REDMOND (Wexford, N.)
Are we to understand that, on appeal, different evidence and additional evidence was given from that which appears on the depositions?
§ MR. A. J. BALFOUR
I do not personally retain the particulars of these cases in my mind; but my hon. and learned Friend the Solicitor General for Ireland has just told me that there was.
§ MR. CLANCY
I beg to give Notice that when the Estimates come up, I shall press for the production of these depositions; and if the Government does not supply official and authentic copies of them, I shall read them in toto to the House.