HC Deb 29 July 1890 vol 347 c1188
MR. M'CARTAN (Down, S.)

I beg to ask the Attorney General whether, in view of the fact that "The Summary. Jurisdiction Act, 1879," provides the right of appeal to Quarter Sessions to-any person who is adjudged by a conviction or order of a Summary Court of Jurisdiction in England to be imprisoned without the option of a fine, even in cases where the term of imprisonment is less than one month, whereas in Ireland there is no such appeal to Quarter Sessions from the Petty Sessions, unless-the term of imprisonment exceeds one month, the Government will extend to Irishmen the same right of appeal which is now afforded to persons in England?


The law in England is correctly stated in the question of the hon. Member, subject to certain exceptions, which are not material. I need scarcely say that it is quite beyond my province to express any opinion upon questions of legislation for Ireland.

In reply to Mr. SEXTON,


said: A person sentenced in Ireland to less than a month's, imprisonment has no right of appeal. To issue instructions sanctioning an appeal would in the first case necessitate the-repeal of the Act.


Does the right hon. Gentleman forget that there was a promise that there should be an appeal in all cases. Will he not give to an Irishman the same right that an English subject now enjoys?


If the hon. Member desires an alteration of the law he had better put a Question on the Paper.