§ MR. JOHNSTON (Belfast, S.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he would be willing to grant a Return of the 1362 number of licences for the sale of intoxicating liquors issued in each City, Municipal Borough, and Petty Sessions Division respectively in Ireland, in the year ending the 31st day of December, 1892?
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY FOR IRELAND (Mr. J. MORLEY,) Newcastle-upon-Tyne
I have been in communication with the Inland Revenue Authorities, with whom the preparation of this proposed Licensing Return would mainly rest. They inform me that its preparation would be laborious and take a considerable time; while looking at the totals of Irish licences, as given in their Annual Reports, they are of opinion that the figures in the proposed new Return would not differ materially from those, in the Return presented on the hon. Member's Motion in 1890. Perhaps, under these circumstances, the hon. Member will not deem it necessary to press for this further Return.