§ MR. GILL (Louth, S.)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he was aware that Mr. Maurice Leonard, J.P., who, at Rathmore (county Kerry) Petty Sessions on Thursday last sentenced a man to six months' imprisonment for cheering Mr. William O'Brien, M.P., as Agent for the Kenmare Estate, gave evidence against Mr. O'Brien at Tralee the day before, and announced the refusal of the Trustees of the Kenmare Estate to accept the arbitration of the County Court Judge; and whether he would take steps to prevent magistrates from adjudicating on matters in which they have a direct personal interest, and which are connected with the estates under their control?
§ MR. SEXTON
Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware, without the necessity for an application to Ireland, whether this Gentleman is agent for the Kenmare Estate, or not, and whether he ought to have adjudicated in such a case?
§ *MR. A. J. BALFOUR
I should not like to answer an abstract question in the absence of specific information from Ireland.