§ MR. JOHN MORLEY (Newcastle-upon-Tyne)
I suppose I am right in assuming that as Monday was fixed for the debate on the Motion of which I 1059 have given Notice, by that time the Returns for which I asked before the Whitsuntide Recess and the other on the 1st of June will be produced by the right hon. Gentleman the Chief Secretary for Ireland?
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY FOR IRELAND (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR) (Manchester, E.)
With regard to the first, I am not sure whether I can give all the particulars for which the right hon. Gentleman has asked with regard to the sentences; but as to the other and more important Return, I have communicated to the authorities in Dublin, and I am glad to find it will be possible, without doubt, to have the Return in question in manuscript in the House on Monday, with the exception of the portion of it which relates to the county of Kerry. It may be possible, also, to include the county of Kerry, but I am not certain. I have telegraphed to Dublin and asked that, if possible, this Return should be put into print in Dublin, so that it may be brought before the House without delay. I may point out to the right hon. Gentleman that that is quite an unprecedented course to take, as all such Returns are invariably presented to the House in the first instance, and then ordered by the House to be printed; but I have taken the course I have indicated with the object of placing the information before the House as soon as possible.
§ MR. JOHN MORLEY
But Kerry is one of the most important scenes of the operation of the Act. Can the right hon. Gentleman not give me any particulars with reference to that county?
§ MR. A. J. BALFOUR
Yes, I think I can give the right hon. Gentleman a very large number of particulars, but I cannot pledge myself to have the formal Return with regard to Kerry by Monday.