§ MR. BOWEN ROWLANDS (Cardiganshire)
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether certain magistrates in Denbighshire have issued a Proclamation regarding the conduct of the people at tithe distraint sales; whether the same Proclamation contains a condemnation of the conduct of the people at Llanefydd as riotous and disorderly; and, whether such condemnation is founded upon the decision of any Judicial Tribunal, before which evidence was duly produced and taken?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. MATTHEWS) (Birmingham, E.)
The answer to the first two paragraphs is in the affirmative. The Proclamation refers to tumultuous and riotous proceedings at Llanefydd. It does not condemn the people of that or any other parish. No decision of any Legal Tribunal has yet been taken on these proceedings. They are alluded to only by way of example and warning, with the view of preventing similar breaches of the public peace.
§ MR. T. E. ELLIS (Merionethshire)
asked, whether these were not the magistrates before whom persons in the crowd would bring their cases against the police; and whether they had not already condemned the action of the crowd and had not condemned the action of the police?
§ MR. MATTHEWS
said, he could only repeat that he could not gather from the Proclamation that anybody at all was condemned.