§ MR. ROWNTREE (Scarborough)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, If his attention has been directed to a letter purporting to be written by Colonel Turner to Mr. Solomon Scannell on behalf of the Kenmare tenantry, dated October 30, 1888, promising that the case of the tenantry should be put "before the proper people," and containing a further promise in the following words:—If they (the tenantry) abstained from taking any part whatever in a fraudulent conspiracy called the Plan of Campaign; … … And if, further, they ceased to have any dealings with agitators who, for their own selfish ends, are endeavouring to push unfortunate tenants to their ruin, I would do all in my power to get their case fairly put forward;and, whether such a letter was written by Colonel Turner as alleged, and if so, whether the Government intend to take any stops with regard to Colonel Turner's action in the matter?
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR (Manchester, E.)
I understand that the correspondence between Colonel Turner and Mr. Scannell has been published in the newspapers. The 646 Government does not intend to take any steps with regard to Colonel Turner's action in the matter.