HC Deb 23 February 1891 vol 350 c1367
MR. DE COBAIN (Belfast, E.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland if he is aware that the Resident Magistrates for the City of Belfast, the Local Justices of the Peace who are members of the City Corporation, and also the officers and men of the Royal Irish Constabulary have free passes, or in some cases passes at a merely nominal rate, for travelling by the Belfast Street Tramway Company's cars, although the Magistrates thus privileged adjudicate upon cases in which the Tramway Company are concerned, and whether Magistrates are permitted to accept free passes from companies over whom they have judicial jurisdiction; and if he could furnish a statement of the number of prosecutions brought by the police force of Belfast against the Belfast Street Tramways Company for breaches of the city bye-laws before and since the privilege of free travelling has been granted to the police?


I must ask the hon. Member to defer the question.